Welcome to Nature4Climate's Daily Nature Brief at COP27. We encourage you to forward and share this newsletter with your colleagues at COP and beyond to stay up to date on the latest Natural Climate Solutions news. 
Is the glass half full, or half empty? Well, if you've tried to fill up your glass at the Sharm conference center, then it's probably the latter. Seriously though, logistical challenges aside, some aspects of the climate summit have fallen below expectations, while there have also been bright spots. So far, few countries have made significant new climate commitments, there is not yet a clear vision for the COP outcome, and despite some encouraging pieces, the finance elements still aren't there yet. On the other hand, many have come to COP with a "roll up your sleeves" mentality to demonstrate real progress. From our vantage point in the Nature Zone, we've been incredibly impressed with the concrete updates, opportunities and challenges being spotlighted in discussions and side events. More to come on that, but in the meantime, if anyone finds internet at the venue, let us know! 

P.S. Tomorrow's issue of the newsletter will be issued at 12pm local time to include updates from any late night negotiations. 

Day 4 Round Up 

$350 million for NBS. The Climate Investment Funds (CIF), one of the world’s largest multilateral funds for climate action in developing countries, announced that it will finance nature-based solutions to the climate crisis in Egypt, the Dominican Republic, Fiji, Kenya, and Africa’s Zambezi River Basin Region, which cuts across Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, and Tanzania. This is the first set of countries and regions to benefit from CIF’s Nature, People, and Climate (CIF NPC) investment platform, launched in June 2022. To start, several sovereign donors including Italy, the United Kingdom, and Sweden have pledged more than $350 million to capitalize CIF NPC, which pilots and scales transformative nature-based climate solutions in developing countries.

US Restoration. The U.S. Chapter of — a broad-based coalition of companies, subnational governments, and nonprofits — has announced a goal to conserve, restore and grow over 55 billion trees in support of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration and as part of a global effort to conserve, restore and grow one trillion trees by 2030.

Trillion Trees + Restor. Trillion Trees, a joint venture between BirdLife International, Wildlife Conservation Society and WWF focused on the protection and restoration of forests, has joined forces with the science-based open data platform Restor, to contribute valuable data from its restoration sites.

Adaptation. A group of more than 85 insurers in Africa created the African Climate Risk Facility (ACRF), and pledged to provide $14 billion of cover to help the continent deal with climate disaster risks like floods and droughts.

Cocoa in Côte d’IvoireTrase released new data released revealing that cocoa farming swallowed 2.4 million ha of forest in Côte d’Ivoire between 2000 and 2019, an area almost the size of Rwanda. Trase also released new data on CO2 emissions from deforestation linked with soy in Brazil. 

Indoor Wheat. Infarm successfully demonstrates the tremendous potential of indoor-grown wheat. Leading vertical farming company Infarm and co-host of the Food Systems Pavilion at COP 27 has successfully produced wheat in an indoor farm, using no soil, no chemical pesticides and much less water compared to open field farming. 

True Value of Food Initiative announced a Call to Action to governments across the globe to make healthy, sustainable, affordable food the new normal by committing to increasing the True Value of Food.

Climate Science. Future Earth, the Earth League, and the World Climate Research Programme published their 10 New Insights in Climate Science 2022 report, an annual synthesis of the the latest climate change related research for the international science-policy community.

Mangroves, Seagrass and Reefs, Oh My

Mangrove Breakthrough. The Global Mangrove Alliance in collaboration with the UN Climate Change High-level Champions have identified the need for a unified global approach towards mangrove conservation and are calling for signatories to the Mangrove Breakthrough launched today at UNFCCC COP27. The Mangrove Breakthrough is a science-based, measurable, and achievable target for non-state actors and governments to collectively restore and protect mangroves at the scale needed to secure the future of these vital coastal forests. The Mangrove Breakthrough aims to secure the future of 15 million hectares of mangroves globally by 2030, seeing investments of 4 billion USD by 2030 to conserve and revitalize these coastal ecosystems. 

Mangrove Alliance for Climate (MAC). MAC was launched yesterday. It is an intergovernmental alliance that seeks to expand and hasten the progress towards the conservation and restoration of mangrove ecosystems. Its members include the UAE, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Japan, and Spain. The alliance will raise global awareness about the role of mangroves as a nature-based climate change solution. It will ensure the rehabilitation of mangrove forests at the global level.

Seagrass. The Pew Charitable Trusts launched a broad, multilateral effort to map seagrass in the Indian Ocean with field verification in specific countries. Mapping seagrass is a fundamental step in recognizing the benefits that can be included within climate strategies such as nationally determined contributions to the Paris Agreement. Seagrasses are one of the most important, yet undervalued, ecosystems on the planet. Among a range of other benefits they provide, seagrass meadows are highly efficient at storing carbon, which makes them one of only three "blue carbon" ecosystems (along with mangroves and salt marshes) recognised by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for the measurable contribution they can make to countries' emission reduction goals.

Blue Mediterranean Partnership. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) announced the creation of the Blue Mediterranean Partnership, which aims to support the development of a sustainable blue economy in the European Union’s Southern Neighbourhood countries in the Mediterranean region.

Red Sea Initiative. The US Government launched the Red Sea initiative — a new initiative aiming to conserve the Red Sea’s coastal ecosystem while promoting high-value, low-environmental impact ecotourism. Through an initial US government contribution of $15 million, the initiative plans to protect the Red Sea’s coral reefs and surrounding coastal ecosystem against the impacts of climate change and human activity. 

Koronivia Chaos

As of last night, it seems the future of how these negotiations deal with agriculture may be in peril. The Koronivia Dialogue is the space where ‘sustainable agriculture’ is discussed. Its current mandate is about to come to a close, and in efforts to continue it, there have been increasing calls for it to widen its scope to include more than just the production of food and only through a climate lens, but include more emphasis on food systems (consumption, food loss and waste, and nutrition) and other planetary limits. Delays on text outlining Koronivia's future have opened a question of whether a decision will be made in time ahead of today's deadline for countries to come up with a proposal. Early reports are that some progress was made last night; we'll keep you briefed on progress (or lack of it) in tomorrow's issue. 

Indigenous-led REDD+ Programs in the Amazon

4:45pm – 5:45pm, 11 November, We Mean Business Coalition Pavilion, Auditorium A (COP27)

This four-speaker panel (two Indigenous speakers and two representing conservation NGOs) will spotlight nature-based climate solutions from two multi-stakeholder REDD+ programs in the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Amazon respectively.  We will explore how each of these programs facilitates Indigenous participation, leadership, and meaningful benefits-sharing. The event will be live-streamed. The event will be partially in Spanish but translated into English in real-time. All speakers will address the role businesses have in supporting these initiatives.


All times local Sharm El-Sheikh time. The full schedule for the NatureZone can be viewed 

Voices of the landscape: live from the field 
Time: 8:00 - 08:30am
Organizers: Restoration Stewards, GLF
Location: The Savoy, SOHO Square

Koronivia’s Future: Widen the Mandate to a Food Systems Approach
Time: 8:30-9:30 AM
Organizers: CGIAR, FAO, Rockefeller Foundation 
Location: Food and Agriculture Pavilion

Beyond Value Chain Mitigation
Time: 9:00-9:50 AM
Organizers: Grundfos, VELUX
Location: Denmark Pavilion

Boots on the Ground: What Should the Private Sector Do to Boost Regenerative Agriculture?
Time: 9:00-9:45 AM
Organizers: reNature
Location: Food Systems Pavilion

Producer-Driven Regenerative Solutions Across Geographies and Ecosystems
Time: 10:00-10:45 AM
Organizers: Food and Land Use Coalition, Environmental Defense Fund
Location: Food Systems Pavilion

Unleashing the Power of Business to Create a Regenerative Future in Africa
Time: 10:00-11:00 AM
Organizers: Danone, Now Partners, B Lab
Location: Business Pavillion, Auditorium A

Climate Security and Agriculture: Strategies for Inclusive Adaptation
Time: 10:00-11:00 AM
Organizers: CGIAR, FAO, Rockefeller Foundation 
Location: Food and Agriculture Pavilion

Forest Fire Prevention, Management, and Restoration in the Mediterranean
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Location: Israel Pavilion

Global Climate Finance
Time: 10:00-11:00AM
Location: Brazil Civil Society hub

Carbon Farming: Its Value and Potential
Time: 11:00-11:45 AM
Organizers: Rabobank
Location: Food Systems Pavilion

Capturing Carbon: Fighting Climate Change Through Canadian Forestry
Time: 11:15 AM
Organizers: Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC)
Location: Canada Pavilion 

Article 6 and the Voluntary Carbon Market (VCM): Tools to Deliver NDCs and Increase Ambition
Time: 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Organizers: IETA, Project Developer Forum, South Pole, CEBDS
Location: Amon, Blue Zone, Side Event Room

MapBiomas Collaborative Network: Time Series of Land Cover & Land Use in South America and Indonesia
Time: 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Organizers: Fundación Amigos de la Naturaleza (FAN Bolivia)
Location: Osiris Room (300)

Taste the soil: the silent Ally that feeds you
Time: 12:00-12:45 PM
Organizers: CA4SH, IFA, CropLife, Nutrien, MoëtHennesy, Bayer, OCP, Syngenta, O-BASF, Rabobank
Location: Food Systems Pavilion, Demo Stage

The use of Nature-based Solutions to achieve for Corporate Net-Zero Targets : A Review and Discussion of balanced approaches
Time: 12:00-1:30
Host: International Union for Conservation of Nature
Location: Korea Pavilion

Carbon and Biodiversity Credits in Africa (Future Lab)
Time: 12:30-2:00 PM
Organizers: Global Climate Action
Location: Action Room 1-IBIS 

Communicating Carbon Offsetting with Integrity
Time: 12:30-2:00 PM
Organizers: Vertis
Location: IETA BusinessHub, Side Event Room

Mitigation and Adaptation Through Ecological Agriculture
Time: 12:45-2:00 PM
Organizers: ICCA
Location: Food 4 Climate Pavilion

Soil Health Resolution
Time: 1:00-2:00 PM
Organizers: Coalition of Action 4 Soil Health (CA4SH)
Location: Food Systems Pavilion

Eco-System Based Climate Mitigation to Protect People and Planet - Raising the Ambition for Nature
Time: 1:00-4:30
Location: UN Egypt Pavilion 

Development of Amazon Indigenous REDD+ (RIA) and Contributions to the NDCs in Amarakaeri (Perú)
Time: 1:15-2:45 PM
Organizers: Ejecutor de Contrato de Administración de la Reserva Comunal Amarakaeri (ECA - RCA)
Location: Akhenaten (150)

Supporting Carbon Pricing Instruments in Developing Countries
Time: 1:15-2:45 PM
Organizers: UNFCCC
Location: Amon (150)

Growing trees: Far beyond business-as-usual 
Time: 1:30 - 2:00
Organizers: YIL, IFSA & GLFx Nairobi 
Location: The Savoy, SOHO Square

Deforestation in the Amazon: Abrampa and the strategic role of the public prosecutor’s office
Time: 2:00- 3:00 p.m. 
Location: Legal Amazon Hub

Repurposing Public Support to Food and Agriculture to Enable a Just Rural Transition
Time: 2:00-3:45 PM
Organizers:  Just Rural Transition (JRT), Food System Economics Commission (FSEC), and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Location: Food Systems Pavilion

Investing In the Global Goal to Halt and Reverse Forest Loss and Land Degradation by 2030: The Critical Role of Business, Subnational Governments, and Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities
Time: 2:30-6:00 PM
Organizers: WBSCD, IUCN and FAO
Location: We Mean Business Coalition Pavilion, Auditorium A

No More Omissions: Real Policy Action on Land Use, Animal Agriculture & GHGs–with a Focus on Methane
Time: 2:30-3:45 PM
Organizers: Brighter Green, Global Forest Coalition
Location: Food 4 Climate Pavillion

COP27: The Forest Declaration Assessment 2022: Tracking progress toward 2030 forest goal
Time: 2:30-3:30 PM
Organizers: Global Landscapes Forum
Location: SOHO Square, The Savoy

No More Omissions: Real Policy Action on Land Use, Animal Agriculture & GHGs–with a Focus on Methane
Time: 2:30 – 3:45
Organizers: Brighter Green, Global Forest Coalition
Location: Food4Climate Pavilion

Defining Indigenous Peoples’ Principles and Standards on Nature- Based Solutions and Voluntary Carbon Markets
Time: 2:45 PM  4:00 PM
Location: Indigenous Peoples Pavilion

Accelerating AIM4C Investments for Smallholder Agriculture
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM
Organizers: CGIAR, FAO, Rockefeller Foundation 
Location: Food and Agriculture Pavilion

Article 6: Understanding the Current State of Play and its Role in Unlocking the Potential of VCMs
Time: 3:00-4:30 PM
Organizers: European Roundtable on Climate Change and Sustainable Transition
Location: Amon (150)

Adaptation and NDCs in Africa and Asia: How Much Progress in the Agroforestry and Forestry Sectors?
Time: 3:00-4:30 PM
Organizers: International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF)
Location: Osiris (300)

Food System Climate Solutions: Managing Climate Risks and Externalities from the Food System
Time: 3:00-4:30 PM
Organizers: Citizens' Climate Education Corp.
Location: Tutankhamun (77)

Fundamentals for green economy and low carbon agriculture: Session 1 – Challenges, solutions, public policies and conditions to consolidate the low-carbon agriculture in the Amazon
Time: 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Legal Amazon Hub

Recent Trends in U.S. Forest Carbon Market: Growth, Quality, and Expectations for the Future
Time: 3:30-4:30 PM
Organizers: American Carbon Registry
Location: IETA BusinessHub, Side Event Room

Soils as an Asset: Galvanizing Public Support to Achieve our Shared Ambitions for NDCs.
Time: 4:00-4:45 PM
Organizers: CA4SH, IFA, CropLife, Nutrien, MoëtHennesy, Bayer, OCP, Syngenta, O-BASF, Rabobank
Location: Food Systems Pavilion

New Ways to Protect the World’s Rainforests: How Public-Private Partnerships can Tackle Deforestation
Time: 4:00-5:00 PM
Organizers: NICFI, FAO, Emergent, Conservation International, Global Alliance of Territorial Communities
Location: Nordic Pavilion (P90)

Accelerating Implementation of the Great Green Wall Initiative
Time: 4:00–6:00 PM  
Organizers: Coalition for Rainforest Nations
Location: EY Pavilion

Landscape restoration for sustainable food production: Local action in The Gambia and Nigeria 
Time: 4:30 - 5:00
Organizers: GLF
Location: The Savoy, SOHO Square 

Agroforestry-based carbon markets: What are the opportunities for small-scale producers?
Time: 4:30-5:30 
Location: IFAD Pavilion

Building a Fair Carbon Food System: How Food can Tackle Emissions for a Low Carbon Tomorrow
Time: 4:45-6:15 PM
Organizers: Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO)
Location: Khufu (300)

Financing Carbon Neutrality in Developed and Developing Countries: Carbon Pricing and Beyond
Time: 4:45-6:15 PM
Organizers: Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
Location: Amon (150)

Wildfire Increase, a Challenge for Earth System and Societies
Time: 4:45-6:15 PM
Organizers: Future Earth International
Location: Memphis (300)

CGP Carbon Budget, Scaling Solutions, and the Role of Agriculture
Time: 4:45-6:15 PM
Organizers: Stanford University, Cornell University, Princeton University
Location: Osiris (300) 

"All-Japan" efforts to manage tropical forests and peatlands sustainably and to establish international rules of their monitoring methods
Time: 5:00 - 6:30
Location: Japan Pavilion

Fundamentals for green economy and low carbon agriculture: Session 2 – Investments and Practical Experiences of low-carbon agriculture in the Amazon
Time: 5:10 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Legal Amazon Hub

Reception: Marking the Progress of the LEAF Coalition in Efforts to Mobilise Funding to Reduce Deforestation  
Time: 5:15-7:30 PM
Organizers: LEAF Coalition
Location: Nordic Pavilion (P90)

Creating Win-Wins on Soil? Rewarding Smallholder Farmers for Building Soil Organic Carbon
Time: 6:00-6:45 PM
Organizers: Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)
Location: Food Systems Pavilion

Carbon Neutral and Resilient Agrifood Systems
Time: 6:00-7:00pm
Organizers: CGIAR, FAO, Rockefeller Foundation 
Location: Food and Agriculture Pavilion

The Land Gap Report
Time: 6:30-8:00 PM
Organizers: Griffith University, Lund University, University of Copenhagen
Location: Osiris (300)

The National Adaptation Plan and Financing Support Nature-based Solutions, from a Climate Justice 
Time: 6:30-8:00 PM
Organizers: Palau
Location: Tutankhamun (77)

Building Paths for Transformation: The Way Forward for Agriculture and the KJWA
Time: 7:30-9:00 PM
Organizers: CGIAR, FAO, Rockefeller Foundation 
Location: Food and Agriculture Pavilion


Nature Zone
The Nature Zone pavilion is a dedicated space at COP27 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. All events will be open for everyone to attend unless otherwise stated. Those not able to attend in person can watch the livestream on Nature4Climate’s YouTube channel. 

Full schedule can be found our new website! 

If you're on the ground, come find us in Zone C. Here's a helpful map, in case, like us, you find yourself hopelessly lost. 
Nature's Newsroom
Nature’s Newsroom is a bespoke broadcast studio within the Nature Zone which will be sharing nature positive stories via video content captured at COP27. The Newsroom will broadcast live from its studio daily. There will be a Nature Positive show going live 10.30am local time each day, as well as interviews from partners including Eurovision and We Don't Have Time. For daily content from from the Newsroom, please go to the Trello board, where we will upload the best of our content each day. 


Opinion: Where I come from, being a climate 'activist' isn't a choice 

CNN, 10 NovembeR

What became of climate pledges made at COP26?
DW, Ajit Niranjan

Young reporters bring the voices of COP27 to Africa's radios 

Reuters, 10 November


World to blow past key climate red-line, study finds 

The Hill, 10 November


What is the Mangrove Alliance for Climate? 

Business Standard News, 10 November


What became of pledges made at COP26? 

MSN, 10 November


The world will probably warm beyond the 1.5-degree limit. But peak warming can be curbed, 10 November


The world needs to spend $3.5 trillion a year to fight climate change. Meet the biggest reallocation of capital in history 

Fortune, 10 November


The looming legal showdown on climate justice

Financial Times, 10 November


Tensions and war undermine climate cooperation, but there's a silver lining, 10 November


Pathways president says industry will be judged on whether it accomplishes its goals

The Star, 10 November


New geospatial data projects to shape the future of land use 

GOV.UK, 10 November


Natural flood management work resumes to increase flood resilience in Leeds 

GOV.UK, 10 November


Milestone in Reducing Carbon Emissions: World's largest CO2-to-methanol plant starts production

PR Newswire, 10 November


Integrity Matters: UN Net Zero Group Sets Greenwash And Offsets Boundaries

Forbes, 10 November


Humanity cannot indefinitely adapt to worsening climate crisis, major scientific review warns 

The Independent, 10 November


COP27: DRC's forest, its carbon and its investors

Le Monde, 10 November


COP27: African political leaders call for action to stop young people’s “futures being stolen from them”  

The Independent, 10 November


A Challenge for Cities: Going Green, Without the Gentrification 

Bloomberg, 10 November


Amount of Land Allocated to Oil, Gas Exploration in Africa Is Set to Quadruple 

Bloomberg, 10 November


A Guide to Achieving Net Zero Emissions

HBR, 10 November


5 principles to secure the future of blue carbon

WEF, 10 November


‘Crime against life’: Children at Cop27 demand action to save futures 

The Independent, 10 November


BlackRock, Vanguard and Deutsche Bank among firms still financing deforestation, new report shows  

Euronews, 10 November


COP27: Indonesia receives plaudits for deforestation action, but globally, trees keep falling 

Channel News Asia, 10 November


Nature4Climate and our partners Metabolic have updated and expanded the database for the NbS Policy Tracker, launched in 2021 at COP26. The NbS Policy Tracker is the world’s largest global database of public policies that facilitate the delivery of crucial NbS solutions. This includes legislation (laws or constitutions), subsidies, and strategies and plans with budgets. In addition to these policies, the database now also includes NbS in international commitments, such as the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) and National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs).

The nature-based policies identified—both last year and this year—will be available on the new N4C website and further integrated into N4C’s upcoming naturebase platform.
Nature4Climate is developing a new online platform to help decision makers put Natural Climate Solutions into action: naturebase. The tool will deliver information grounded in science, lighting up pathways to protect, manage, and restore nature for measurable climate benefits. Users will be able to explore and compare target areas across forests, wetlands, grasslands, and agricultural lands, while considering issues such as land tenure, opportunity cost, financing opportunities, and enabling conditions at global, regional, national and local level, as well as discover new case studies. Chris Zganjar, lead scientist is at the NatureZone until this Friday answering questions and presenting a prototype of the platform, set to launch at COP 28. To learn more, visit
N4C is compiling case studies that highlight action on the ground, and we’re proud to present our NBS Case Study map. This is a product of a collaborative effort to enhance knowledge and to bring to the surface the development of nature-based solutions in countries around the world. The projects showcased in this index are not exhaustive, and we understand that there are many more excellent examples that were not included in this list. Really, this is just the start; the result of the first step in the journey to crowdsource case studies from around the world. 
The map and underlying index will continue to be updated and improved continuously throughout the coming days, weeks and months. It currently does not comprehensively assess levels of implementation and impacts on the ground, instead, it provides a first overview of what and where climate action linked to NbS is taking place. 
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