Countries around the world are looking to make new commitments on climate change and biodiversity targets ahead of the Convention on Biological Diversity and COP26 conferences later this year.
The British Ecological Society new report is the first to offer a complete assessment of the potential of nature-based solutions for climate change in the UK. With contributions from over 100 experts, the report looks at how nature-based solutions can be implemented to mitigate and adapt to climate change and benefit biodiversity, as well as addressing their limitations and the trade-offs involved.
Journalists dialled in to hear from four of the lead authors, who took them through the science and recommendations from the report chapters on UK woodlands, grasslands, peatlands and marine environments, and answer any questions.
Prof Rick Stafford, Professor of Marine Biology and Conservation, Bournemouth University & lead author of the marine chapter
Prof David Coomes, Professor of Forest Ecology and Conservation, University of Cambridge & lead author of the woodlands chapter
Dr Lisa Norton, Agro-ecologist – senior scientist, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology & lead author of the grasslands chapter
Dr Christian Dunn, Associate Director of the Bangor Wetlands Group, Bangor University & lead author of the peatlands chapter
This Briefing was accompanied by an SMC Roundup of Comments.