Climate Change

IUCN engages on this issue from multiple perspectives, from assessing the risks that climate change poses to biodiversity, to advancing practical nature-based solutions centred on the better conservation, management and restoration of the world’s ecosystems

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Impacts

> 80 %

of ecological processes that form the foundation for life on Earth are impacted by climate change

Solutions

37 %

of the mitigation needed between now and 2030 to meet the 2°C Paris goal can be provided by nature-based solutions

Communities

~ 25 %

of the world’s tropical forest carbon is managed by Indigenous Peoples and local communities


How we engage

IUCN assesses the impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems. Through its work on ecosystem-based mitigation, adaptation and disaster risk reduction, it also highlights the important role of nature-based solutions to climate change. It also works to ensure that climate policy and action are gender-responsive, socially inclusive and take into account to the needs of the most vulnerable.


Nature-based solutions
to climate change

 


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  • Lago di Fusini, Italy Photo: ©Shutterstock/Yevhenii Chulovskyi

    Nature-based Solutions for Water Infrastructure at your service

    25.03.2020

    'Natural water infrastructure' is not built infrastructure. Instead, it is shaped, grown, eroded or deposited by nature over time. It refers to services nature provides for free, such as mangroves protecting shorelines from storms, peatlands sequestering...

  • Woman examines leaf with clipboard Photo: (c) Vystek Images Shutterstock

    IUCN Acting Director General’s Statement on International Women’s Day 2020

    06.03.2020

    Nature conservation and women’s rights are inextricably linked. As we face an escalating biodiversity crisis, we need women as equal, active players in conservation more than ever. What is more, environmental degradation is actually exacerbating violence...

  • a blue marlin Photo: Photo by Waterframe, Alamy Stock Photos

    Marine life, fisheries increasingly threatened as the ocean loses oxygen – IUCN report

    07.12.2019

    Madrid, Spain, 07.12.2019 (IUCN) - The loss of oxygen from the world’s ocean is increasingly threatening fish species and disrupting ecosystems, a new IUCN report warns. Ocean oxygen loss, driven by climate change and nutrient pollution, is a...

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Quick reads

Aimed at policy-makers and journalists, IUCN Issues Briefs provide key information on selected issues in a two-pager format.

Deoxygenation Photo: IUCN

Ocean deoxygenation

Globally, oceans have lost around 2% of dissolved oxygen since the 1950s and are expected to lose about 3–4% by the year 2100 under a business-as-usual scenario (Representative Concentration Pathway...
Species and climate change Photo: IUCN

Species and Climate Change

Mean global temperatures have risen ~1ºC since pre-industrial times as a result of human activities. In addition to increasing global temperatures, the impacts of climate change include extreme...
Issues Brief - Drylands and climate change Photo: IUCN

Drylands and Climate Change

Drylands are ecosystems, such as rangelands, grasslands and woodlands, which occupy over 40% of the terrestrial surface, and are characterised by high temporal and spatial rainfall variability....
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