Nature-based solutions for climate change: from global ambition to local action

Date: Friday, 22 May 2020
Where: Online
An illustration of a mountain

Nature, underpinned by biodiversity, delivers a range of benefits to people and underpins society’s resilience (Image: copyright Cecile Girardin/IIED)

The world is facing two unprecedented environmental crises: biodiversity loss and climate change. The causes of these challenges are interrelated, as are the solutions. On 22 May, 2020, the International Day of Biological Diversity, IIED hosted an online event to discuss how we can translate the global ambition around nature-based solutions for climate change into local action.

In 2019, warnings on the climate emergency rung out clearly as evidence of the ecological crises mounted. We saw increasing public and private sector support globally for nature-based solutions (NbS) for climate change

Nature-based solutions are actions that protect, sustainably manage and restore natural or modified ecosystems to address societal challenges. They can provide a wide range of environmental, social and economic benefits and are indispensable for both climate change mitigation and adaptation.

As the host of the next United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) climate change summit (COP26), the UK government has already pledged more than GBP£100 million funding to stem accelerating biodiversity loss that will also contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation.


Juliette Tunstall (, internal engagement and external events officer, IIED's Communications Group