The interactions between biodiversity and climate change and the actions required to tackle both issues simultaneously and synergistically
Topics: Earth and Life Sciences, Energy and Low-Carbon Futures, Resources and Pollution
Type: Briefing paper
Publication date: October 2022
- The interactions between biodiversity and climate change and the actions required to tackle both issues simultaneously and synergistically [PDF]
This briefing paper considers the relationship between the biodiversity and climate crises, the interactions between them, and why an integrated approach is essential to creating a sustainable future where people and planet can thrive.
- Biodiversity loss and climate change are two of the biggest and most urgent threats facing human society worldwide. Human activities drive both crises, but the crises also fuel one another.
- Although many solutions benefitting biodiversity can significantly contribute to climate action, and vice versa, the two are often governed by separate policy instruments.
- An integrated approach is necessary to prioritise and implement solutions that deliver benefits for climate and nature simultaneously.
- Creating a sustainable future where people and the planet can thrive will require large-scale restoration of degraded ecosystems, protection of existing habitats and reduction of demand for natural resources, supported by policy measures that address the primary socioeconomic drivers.