The Nature Conservancy Announces Partnership with the U.S. Climate Alliance to Leverage the Power of Nature to Combat Climate Change
Arlington, Va. | June 01, 2018
On the first anniversary of the launching of the U.S. Climate Alliance, The Nature Conservancy is proud to announce its partnership with the Alliance to highlight the role that nature can play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and making communities more resilient. The Nature Conservancy is excited to collaborate with the Climate Alliance on two initiatives: The Natural and Working Lands Initiative and the Resilient Communities, Infrastructure and Natural Resources Initiative addressing climate change comprehensively with a suite of nature-based solutions.
The Nature Conservancy announces its participation in the launch of the Natural and Working Lands Initiative of the United States Climate Alliance (N.W.L. Initiative.) The N.W.L. Initiative will identify best practices for land conservation, management and restoration to allow states to better understand and harness these natural climate solutions as a means for reducing emissions and increasing carbon sequestration to address climate change. The Initiative will build in part from research The Nature Conservancy released last year showing that these kinds of land management practices could generate up to 37 percent of the additional reductions needed to achieve the climate targets set in the Paris Climate Accord.
“Since the United States announced its intent to pull out of the Paris Agreement a year ago, the U.S. Climate Alliance has been a critical force to galvanize action by states and other subnational actors to address the very real threat climate change poses to our communities and our economy,” said Lynn Scarlett, co-chief of external affairs for The Nature Conservancy. “We’re thrilled to be working with them and with other partners to act on what we’ve learned from our research. That research shows that natural climate solutions, the carbon sequestration capacity of nature itself, has the potential to play a big role in meeting the emissions reduction targets necessary to confine average increases in global temperatures to less than 2 degrees centigrade.”
Other organizations in the N.W.L. Initiative include American Forests, World Resources Institute, American Farmland Trust, the Coalition on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases, and Trust for Public Land. The first effort of the new initiative will be to hold a Learning Lab in Washington, D.C. on July 9-11, hosted by American Forests and staffed by more than 50 leading experts in the field of land-based carbon mitigation from government, academia, nonprofits, landowners and industry, including The Nature Conservancy’s science and policy experts. The Learning Lab will assist in identifying key opportunities for carbon sequestration and emissions reductions in several different types of landscapes, including forests, croplands, rangelands, grasslands, wetlands and urban greenspace.
The Conservancy also is pleased to announce an additional partnership with the United States Climate Alliance to address the escalating impacts of climate change on communities and the natural resources upon which they depend. Drawing on our extensive work on flooding and sea level rise, our continuing engagement with communities at the local level in all fifty states, and our scientific expertise in resilience-related issues, The Nature Conservancy will share its technical tools and best-practices experience in using nature-based solutions to improve community and coastal resilience, including state and local policy tools designed to incentivize and incorporate consideration of nature-based solutions in resilience planning, investments and actions.
With active climate and conservation programs in all 50 United States, The Nature Conservancy is uniquely positioned to support the Alliance to advance its goals.
“We’re excited to expand use of these nature-based solutions to address climate change impacts,” said Scarlett. “The planet itself, nature’s own solutions, can be one of our best allies in fighting climate change.”
The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.