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N4C Weekly Briefing

October 21 - November 1 2022
During COP27, Nature4Climate will share a daily email brief on the breaking news related to nature-based solutions and a nature positive economy. Keep an eye out for this daily brief each morning to get a summary of the latest announcements, diplomatic negotiation updates and more. The information will be tailored to give both attendees on the ground and observers worldwide a clear outlook on nature's role at COP27.

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COP27 KEY INFORMATION

JOIN THE FOREST AND CLIMATE LEADERS' SUMMIT

The Forest and Climate Leaders’ Summit will take place on Monday 7 November in the VVIP areaBlue ZoneRoom 20 between 17:00 and 19:00. This will be a ticketed only event with a capacity of 300 people. The Summit will highlight delivery and accountability of the commitments made in the forest and land use sector at COP26. Session themes include restoration in Africa, shifting the financial system and accelerating finance for forests. Tickets are strictly limited, and you will need to be accredited for COP27 to apply. If available and interested to attend the whole event, please return the attached google form by Midday on Thursday 3rd November.
 
VIST THE NATURE ZONE PAVILION

The Paris Agreement goals cannot be achieved without nature and an ambitious Global Framework for Biodiversity at COP15 this December. The Nature Zone pavilion is a dedicated space within the COP27 Blue Zone to bring to life the momentum, action, and impact that surrounds Nature Positive – the global goal to immediately halt and reverse nature loss by 2030. See the full program and learn more about activities at The Nature Zone here
Featured News
Bolsonaro's defeat is a climate turning point
Axios, Andrew Freedman, 31 October
 
Axios covers the climate implications of Sunday's Brazilian run-off election, which will return leftist former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to office, defeating the hard right Jair Bolsonaro, are set to reverberate worldwide. Lula committed to achieving zero-deforestation in the Amazon. President Bolsonaro presided over the highest Amazon deforestation rates in 15 years, while Lula had enacted policies to protect the Amazon rainforest in his past terms. Studies show that human activities have pushed parts of the rainforest across the dividing line from a net carbon sink to a sourceAPThe New York TimesTIMEThe GuardianBloombergEconomistAl JazeeraBBCNPRCNNBloombergThe Hill, BusinessGreen, and TIME cover the election results. MongabayThe Washington Post and Grist all report on the challenges Indigenous and environmentally conscious members of Brazil's Congress and Lula will face with a Bolsonaro loyal majority. Legal Planet shares a commentary from the Co-Project Directors of the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force celebrating the opportunity to work with a future Lula administration. Reuters reports that Lula will send representatives to next month's COP27 United Nations climate summit.
Report: Firms must boost investment in tropical forests to keep 1.5°C on track
BusinessGreen, Michael Holder, 31 October
 
BusinessGreen shares a new white paper from Emergent that provides an overview of emerging best practices for setting corporate climate and nature targets, and argues that investing in credible, high quality forest protection efforts and credits should form a crucial additional pillar of net zero strategies. The paper argues, even if every company adopted and implemented a science-based net zero target, there are no current trajectories for limiting global average temperature increases to 1.5°C by the end of the century without accompanying efforts to protect the world's remaining rainforests. It highlights that corporate climate leadership requires the protection of these forests, often through carbon markets, in addition to businesses' efforts to reduce emissions from their operations and value chains. Eco-Business covers a report from the World Resources Institute (WRI) that identifies the many ways forests are vital for the climate and nature, providing benefits that scientists are increasingly able to quantify, beyond just carbon storage. Reuters shares the findings of a report that states current climate pledges focus too much on land-based carbon sinks such as tree planting rather than food production and biodiversity. The Edge Singapore reports on a new white paper from Climate Impact X, Conservation International, Emergent, Natural Climate Solutions Alliance and the Wildlife Conservation Society guiding companies about using credits from High Forest, Low Deforestation (HFLD) jurisdictions within broader climate mitigation portfolios. The organizations behind the paper have formed a coalition mobilising support for the preservation of a quarter of the world’s forests that live in these jurisdictions. Financial Times covers a report that finds climate pledges made by countries worldwide are “dangerously overreliant” on tree planting and land restoration that would require an area greater than the size of the US and risked sparking conflict

Carbon Pulse reports that the Government of Nigeria is working on a  “billion dollar” voluntary carbon market as part of an African initiative to launch at COP27.
U.N.-backed investors set fresh targets in sustainable food shift
Reuters, Simon Jessop, 26 October
 
Reuters reports that a U.N.-backed group of global financial institutions including Dutch lender Rabobank on Thursday set out a series of company specific environmental and social targets aimed at helping drive a shift to a more sustainable food system. Set by a group of 11 firms in the Good Food Finance Network, including Nuveen Natural Capital and Mexican development lender FIRA, the new goals cover objectives such as stopping deforestation and expanding the use of agroforestry.
Scientists call for ‘climate smart’ forestry in face of global warming
Euractiv, Frédéric Simon, 27 October
 
Euractiv covers a letter sent to the European Commission, signed by over 550 scientists, alerting them of the deteriorating state of European forests and calling for climate-smart forestry practices – including wood harvesting for bioenergy – to bolster their resilience to global warming. Bioenergy has been criticised by environmental groups who say burning wood drives deforestation, destroys natural habitats, and undermines forests acting as carbon sinks in the fight against climate change. But the letter from the 550+ scientists disputes those claims, saying that continued forest maintenance – not blanket protection – is crucial to ensure forests continue providing so-called ecosystem services. Those arguments were refuted as “pro-biomass industry propaganda” by some environmentalists. 
The world’s healthiest forests are on Indigenous land. Here’s why.
Grist, Joseph Lee, 28 October
 
Grist dives into a new study that suggests that protecting Indigenous and human rights is not only compatible with climate conservation goals, but key to future efforts. Years of research has shown that Indigenous peoples are the world’s best land stewards and a crucial part of protecting biodiversity. The study in Current Biology found over two-thirds of high integrity forests have some human population and only 17.2 percent of the lands studied were wildlands: areas without any humans. Despite these results and other research highlighting the efficacy of Indigenous land management, global conservation efforts still often prioritize fortress conservation tactics, a conservation practice which holds that humans must be absent in order for biodiversity to thrive. 
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
 
Conservation International and Climate Advisers share a form to sign on in support of the bipartisan AMAZON21 Act, authorizing USD 4.5 billion over four years for a new U.S. program to support carbon sequestration and mitigation projects in developing countries with results-based payments. Deadline to sign on is November 11th. 
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Listening to The Earth provides resources to recharge and be inspired with moments of mindful connection to the Earth throughout COP27.
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Tropical Forest Alliance launches Perspectives Volume 2 – an editorial publication bringing together a wide range of voices from commodity supply chains. It features interviews with Nigel Topping, the UN High-Level Climate Champion and TFA’s new Executive Director, Jack Hurd, and covers issues such as how to produce beef more sustainably in Latin America biomes and how the palm oil sector in Africa is tackling the problem of deforestation.
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WWF publishes a report on public funding for forests to expand understanding of the public sector's role and interest in forest landscape restoration.
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Planet Tracker releases a study looking at the effects of deforestation on the Brazilian economy and society at large, with a focus on agriculture, energy, productivity, health and transport.
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Diálogo Chino share a report analysing the past year in South American agriculture and its relations to climate change.
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The European Commission announces a new programme worth €115 million to support the ecological, inclusive and innovative development of Morocco's agricultural and forestry sectors. 
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The World Business Council for Sustainable Development shares the launch of its Taskforce for Nature-related Financial Disclosures pilot program with 23 of its member companies. The companies, with a total market value of USD$ 1.3 trillion and from North and South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, will feed important insights into the development of the TNFD beta framework before its final release in September 2023.  
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American Forest Foundation and The Nature Conservancy announce a first-of-its-kind carbon accounting methodology for Improved Forest Management, designed to provide more measurable proof of climate impact and to solve access challenges for small forest landowners, has officially been approved by Verra for use in the U.S.
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European Environmental Bureau releases a report outlining its position on the EU Sustainable Food Systems Law framework, and makes recommendations for how we can bring about a truly sustainable food system that benefits people’s health, public health, biodiversity welfare and future food security.
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Carbon Brief publishes a Global South Climate Database aiming to ensure that journalists from all over the world can contact climate experts from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Pacific.
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United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre shares a report that has collated the key information and considerations on NbS, and sets out the action and input needed by governments, business and finance players and wider communities and civil society to ensure the rapid and equitable deployment of NbS at scale around the world. 
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Canada releases a new interactive map presenting information on land designations, ownerships, tenures and protection statuses to provide a comprehensive picture of the geography of forest management in Canada as of 2020.
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University of Cambridge publishes a new study that finds corporate pledges not to buy soybeans produced on land deforested after 2006 have reduced tree clearance in the Brazilian Amazon by just 1.6% between 2006 and 2015, many commitments are not put into practice, and their findings suggest private sector efforts are not enough to halt deforestation.
CASE STUDY OF THE WEEK 
The Sine-Saloum region of Senegal has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its rich biodiversity and historical abundance of mangroves, which serve to both sequester large amounts of carbon and protect habitats and local communities from storms and erosion. In partnership with Oceanium, a mangrove restoration NGO, WeForest is replanting over 4,775 hectares of mangroves. Along with supporting environmental restoration, the initiative will also increase fish populations in the restored mangrove habitats, helping to provide sustainable job opportunities for local fishermen. Largely thanks to its UNESCO-designated status, the region, once reforested, is also expected to generate revenue through ecotourism.

N4C is compiling an index of NBS case studies, together with an interactive map, to highlight action on the ground. Each week, we will be choosing a case study to present, to help give concrete examples of work being done to bring NBS theory into practice. 
STAT OF THE WEEK
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1 Billion



The USD value of a new carbon market initiative being led by Nigeria for COP27.
NATURE FOR LIFE HUB 

Taking place just after COP27 in Egypt, and just before COP15 in Montreal, the Nature for Life Hub three-day virtual event happening from 28-30 November is positioned to build on what was missed at COP27 and what needs to happen at COP15, as world leaders negotiate the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. Free and open to the public, the virtual event produced by UNDP and over 50 partners will provide a unique, interactive experience for participants to “choose-your-own-adventure” throughout the online platform where they can dive into topics such as systems change for nature, greening finance, and the rights of Indigenous peoples. The event will be livestreamed in English from 9AM-3PM EST each day with all content available in multiple languages on the online platform. 

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The third day of the Nature for Life Hub will also feature this year’s UNDP Equator Prize Award Ceremony, celebrating the work of ten Indigenous peoples and local communities implementing innovative and inclusive nature-based solutions for local development. Tune-in to the ceremony on Wednesday, November 30th at 9AM EST (GMT-04) here.
GOOD NEWS
How Oyster Growers Use Mangroves to Fend Off West Africa’s Rising Seas
On the coast of Senegal, villagers are restoring dense forests to slow land loss and adapting how they raise oysters in the process. With a grant from the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development the trees are providing more protection from sea-level rise and supporting livelihoods.
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Media Round-Up

Conservation

Sharing REDD+ benefits to meet Indonesia’s climate targets 
CIFOR Forests News, Monica Evans, 27 October

Missing Nature Recovery Targets by a Country Mile [Commentary]
ESG Investor, Jan Stannard, 28 October

From missed targets to regulations at risk: Is Rishi Sunak's government really prepared to protect nature?
BusinessGreen, Cecilia Keating, 1 November

Macquarie: LPs not yet making ‘material allocations’ to natural capital
Agri Investor, Daniel Kemp, 28 October

Celebrating Victories in Europe and South America, the Rights of Nature Movement Plots Strategy in a Time of ‘Crises’
Inside Climate News, Katie Surma, 31 October

A mission to conserve forest canopies 
China Dialogue, Sandy Ong, 21 October

Selling a Cleaner, Affordable Cooking Fuel for Kenyan Homes
Bloomberg, Antony Sguazzin and Bella Genga, 31 October

The Congenital Disease of the Conservation Movement Has Come Home To Roost [Commentary]
The Wire Science, S. Faizi, 21 October

Ørsted and WWF team up to boost offshore wind farm biodiversity 
BusinessGreen, Cecilia Keating, 27 October

No more silos: how to integrate action on land use change and emissions reductions [Commentary]
Innovation Forum, Leah Samberg, Matt Ramlow, Martha Stevenson and Christa Anderson, 27 October

Why Bregal’s impact push starts with natural capital 
Agri Investor, Sam Birchall, 28 October


Indigenous and Local Communities

Forests in protected Indigenous lands are healthier, scientists find
Phys.org, 26 October

Loss of Brazilian pines threatens Kaingáng Indigenous culture
Mongabay, Sônia Kaingáng, 25 October

Attorney keeps alive legacy of murdered Pará activists, despite death threats
Mongabay,  Elizabeth Oliveira, 26 October


Carbon Markets

UPDATE – Mexican lawmakers propose new VER market rules in wake of low-payment controversy
Carbon Pulse, 27 October

UPDATE – ANALYSIS: Market fears pause in issuances, project funding after Indonesia releases carbon trading rules
Carbon Pulse, 27 October

The case for using climate finance to create carbon markets [Commentary]
BusinessGreen, Gerrit Held, 31 October

Without regulation, we’ll never know if carbon offsets reduce emissions [Commentary]
The Hill, Stuart Mackintosh, 26 October

Sask. plans carbon offset credit program 
The Western Producer, October

Nature-based solutions could be vital to energy transition
Insurance Business America, Ryan Smith, 20 October

Carbon credit use is reshaping timberland investments 
Manulife Investment Asset Management, Thomas G. Sarno, 24 October

PNG REDD+ moratorium should stay until credible framework in place, governor says
Carbon Pulse, 26 October

Indonesia adopts carbon trading regulations
Carbon Pulse, 26 October

Industry struggles to gain consensus on best approach to REDD+ PDDs 
Carbon Pulse, 28 October

Sharing REDD+ benefits to meet Indonesia’s climate targets  
CIFOR Forests News, Monica Evans, 27 October


Nature Loss

'Fen, Bog & Swamp' explains why the wetlands matter and why they're disappearing 
NPR, 27 October

Nigeria's vanishing forests spell trouble for traditional medicine 
Context, Adebayo Abdul Rahman, 27 October

Brands failed to meet promises to protect forests. We can’t mess up on net-zero, says Nestle’s ESG chief
Reuters, Oliver Balch, 25 October

Blain Snipstal on "Battling plantation agriculture today" 
TABLE Debates, 27 October

Russia's War in Ukraine Could Jeopardize Antarctic Wildlife
TIME, Aryn Barker, 27 October

Federal government moving closer to funding Ring of Fire mining roads: document
The Narwhal, Emma McIntosh, 25 October

EU's anti-deforestation trade rule should be more women-friendly [Commentary]
Mongabay, Simone Lovera, 26 October

Humans are decimating wildlife, report warns ahead of U.N. biodiversity talks
Mongabay, Malavika Vyawahare, 26 October

Forests & Finance: From logging in Cameroon to cocoa in Côte d’Ivoire
Mongabay, 31 October

Climate Crisis: It’s Better to Mine the World’s Rainforests Than Farm Them [Commentary]
Bloomberg, David Fickling, 30 October

‘Poor tropical regions’ suffer greatest economic damage from worsening heatwaves 
Carbon Brief, Ayesha Tandon, 28 October

California tree carnage: A decade of drought and fire killed a third of Sierra Nevada forests
The Columbian, Ari Plachta, 30 October

Sustainable palm oil can tackle food insecurity and the climate crisis
BusinessGreen, Inke van der Sluijs, 1 November

Climate change taking cocoa farmers ‘back to zero’ in Ghana 
Evening Standard, Emily Beaument, 30 October


Restoration

Macron wants to replant 10% of French forest after summer wildfires 
Reuters, 28 October

Turning Commitments into Leadership Through Forest Restoration [Commentary]
IISD, Fran Price, 26 October


Nature Tech

This scientist uses drones and algorithms to save whales — and the rest of the ocean 
The Washington Post, Tatiana Schlossberg, 27 October

Why Climate Tech Is Getting Broader and Narrower at the Same Time 
Bloomberg, Nathaniel Bullard, 27 October

To save the Amazon, scientists are listening to its rich sounds
Mongabay, Sibélia Zanon, 27 October


Sustainable Forestry

Burn boss arrest puts Forest Service wildfire strategy on the line 
E&E News, Marc Heller, 26 October

Prescribed Burns Are Encouraged. Why Was a Federal Employee Arrested for One?  
The New York Times, Mike Baker, 28 October


Agriculture and Soil Health

15 provinces issued regulations on soil pollution prevention and control, with fines up to 2 million yuan 
Jie Mian, 25 October

Singapore’s Temasek co-founds start-up to lower emissions from rice growing 
Carbon Pulse, 27 October

Agrifood Brief: A rare united front 
EURACTIV, Gerardo Fortuna, 28 October

Can marketing wild produce rejuvenate India’s forests? 
Eco-Business, Biman Mukherji, 25 October

Events

Sustainable Landscapes and Commodities Forum  
Dates: 1-2 November
Hosts: Sustainable Agriculture Conference

European timber importer readiness for EUDR survey results

Date: 1 November
Hosts: iov42, Preferred by Nature and ZSL SPOTT


ART Training for Jurisdictions on Environmental and Social Safeguard Requirements in ART’s Standard, TREES
Date: 3 November
Hosts: Secretariat of the Architecture for REDD+ Transactions (ART)

Action on deforestation to meet net zero - a baseline review of Race to Zero and GFANZ signatories 
Date: 3 November
Hosts: Deforestation Action Tracker

Results based payments & REDD+ safeguards: Challenges for demonstrating & verifying the social & environmental integrity of Verified Emission Reductions
Date: 4 November
Hosts: Oxford Talks


Forests of the future: Scaling up restoration in Africa
Date: 9 November
Hosts: WWF

Forest Restoration Talk with John Stanturf: “If nature is the solution, what is the problem?”
Date: 9 November
Hosts: SUPERB & IUFRO


Forests Forward: Scaling corporate action for nature, climate and people
Date: 10 November
Hosts: WWF

'Biodiversity & food: challenges and opportunities to “win more and lose less"' with Prof Tom Tomich
Date: 10 November
Hosts: Oxford Martin School

Strengthening Argentina's role in soy sustainability
Date: 10 November
Hosts: Collaborative Soy Initiative (CSI)

Nature recovery in England: why, what and how.
Date: 11 November
Hosts: Oxford Talks

GLF Climate 2022 Hybrid Conference
Date: 11 November
Hosts: Global Landscapes Forum

REDD+ and Forest Landscape Restoration: Stakeholder views and potential synergies
Date: 11 November
Hosts: Global Landscapes Forum

Making good on the Glasgow Climate Pact: a call to action to achieve one gigaton of emissions reductions from forests by 2025
Date: 11 November
Hosts: UN REDD

CIFOR-ICRAF at UNFCCC COP27
Date: 6-18 November
Hosts: CIFOR

COP27: Why direct and local climate finance for IPLCs is urgent now
Date: 14 November
Hosts: Forest Trends

COP27: Indigenous Perspectives for Restoring our Forests Short film Screening
Date: 14 November
Hosts: Forest Trends

Forestry and Agriculture Investment Summit
Date: 16-17 November
Hosts: Forest Trends


Nature X Carbon Bay Area Monthly Meetup 
Date: 15 November
Hosts: Earthshot

Global Carbon Markets Conference
Date: 29-30 November
Hosts: S&P Global

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