Nature-based solutions can protect African nations' shared natural endowment and meet the needs of their people.
Africa's principal climate change negotiators have long understood the important contribution of nature-based solutions' (NBS) in delivering land (and sea) based options as part of the goals of the Paris Agreement. Limiting temperature rises to only 1.5C by 2050 will demand finding innovative ways to protect Africa's vast natural endowment that also meets the equally acute needs of its people. Nature-based solutions may do both.
The urgency for Africa cannot be overstated. At a Chatham House conference in Libreville, the Gabonese minister for the environment highlighted that if global warming surges by 2.5 or 3C the impact would be at least 6C for Africa. Decision-makers on the continent and across the world need to understand that business as usual' cannot be an option given the potential for loss of life, conflict and chaos.
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