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 1.5 still alive? The G20 leaders have sent a message to negotiators to get a meaningful outcome from COP27. In Bali, they committed to ‘playing our part’ in implementing the Glasgow Climate Pact and resolved to pursue efforts for limiting warming to 1.5°C. While this provides a foundation to work from, there is hope that it can be translated into stronger COP27 commitments, reflected in the cover decision. However, this will require an infusion of political energy into the negotiations that has not quite been seen yet, including through strong public statements about what an ambitious climate package out of this COP would like.

On Biodiversity Day, multiple calls - some of which are outlined below - were made for an ambitious outcome at COP15. Providing a clear bridge between the two COPs was a clear theme throughout the day’s side events and speeches. 

Here's to the final push! 

Biodiversity Day Round Up 

ENACT. The COP27 Presidency launched the Enhancing Nature-based Solutions (NbS) for Climate Transformation (ENACT), in collaboration with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). ENACT will serve as a hub for government and non-State actors to foster collaboration, accelerate action, facilitate policy dialogue, bring global coherence to activities, and ensure adherence to the NbS Global Standard. The initiative will “coordinate global efforts to address climate change, land and ecosystem degradation, and global biodiversity loss through NBS”. The initiative will produce an annual State of Nature-based Solutions report to update COP28 and subsequent meetings.

Call for Paris-Like Agreement at COP15. A high-level set of climate champions released a new letter urging leaders to step up action to address the accelerating loss of nature by delivering an ambitious and transformative global biodiversity agreement at COP15. The signatories include: Laurent Fabius, President of COP21, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, President of COP20 and CBD COP15 Action Agenda for Nature and People Champion, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC (2010-2016), Laurence Tubiana, France’s Climate Change Ambassador and Special Representative for COP21, and Nigel Topping, COP26 High level Climate Champion.

Call from civil society. More than 340 civil society leaders called on governments to prioritise the critical UN Biodiversity conference in Montreal and deliver an ambitious agreement that reverses nature loss by 2030. 

New Survey on Nature Agenda. From analysis of over 400 experts from 90 countries, a new survey reveals that despite national governments being considered the most important actors to lead the ‘Nature Agenda’, a lack of political support, policies, and incentives are causing significant barriers to progress on nature. 88% believe the state of the world’s nature to be ‘alarming’ or ‘catastrophic and potentially irreversible’. This concern is echoed by civil society; 64% of individuals surveyed across 11 countries warn the state of nature and biodiversity across the world is ‘alarming’ or ‘catastrophic’. Very few experts believe governments (7%) or the private sector (8%) are performing well in protecting nature.

Forestry Roadmap. WBCSD released a new roadmap that shows how leading forest companies are paving the way toward a nature-positive future. 15 companies have rallied behind a shared definition of nature positive and committed to collaborative action to accelerate the transformation of the forest sector and the broader economic system in which they operate through the WBCSD's Forest Solutions Group project that developed the roadmap.

The Forest Data Partnership. The Forest Data Partnership launched a call to action for companies, public institutions and NGOs to join forces in catalyzing and operationalizing better data on the world’s land and forests. The goal of the Forest Data Partnership is to improve land use decisions, accelerate the transition to supply chain sustainability and reverse commodity-driven forest loss across the world.
Climate's Secret Ally. WWF released a new report highlighting the power of natural ecosystems to both reduce emissions and help communities adapt and build resilience in a warming world. The report draws upon the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s work to highlight the interlinked emergencies of human-induced climate change and biodiversity loss, and makes the case for better integrating nature into the global response to the climate crisis. 

UK Commitments. The UK committed £30 million of seed finance into the Big Nature Impact Fund – a new public-private fund for nature in the UK which will unlock significant private investment into nature projects, such as new tree planting or restoring peatlands. It also pledged an additional £12 million to the Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance to protect and restore vulnerable coastal communities and habitats.

Pilots Digital Measuring Of Forest Carbon. Verra and Pachama announce a new digital measurement, reporting, and verification pilot for nature-based solutions, increasing the transparency, integrity, and efficiency of carbon credit issuance.

Advancing the Ocean Conservation Pledge. The Ocean Conservation Pledge is mobilizing national commitments to enhance marine conservation, a critical ocean-based solution to address the climate and biodiversity crises.  During COP27, 16 countries announced their endorsement of the pledge, signaling their commitment to conserve or protect at least 30 percent of ocean waters under their jurisdictions by 2030.  This is the first tranche of participants in the pledge, which includes Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Fiji, France, Greece, Japan, Kenya, Malta, Panama, Portugal, Romania, Seychelles, and Sri Lanka.

Expanding the Blue Carbon Inventory Project. Through its Blue Carbon Inventory Project, the U.S. NOAA has launched two new project partnerships. 1) NOAA and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center will work together to develop data tools for assessing and tracking the quantity and quality of soil and biomass blue carbon data and a user-friendly interface to enable national greenhouse gas inventory compilers’ and other stakeholders’ access to stratify and interrogate data based upon country-specific needs. 2) In September, NOAA held its first project workshop with Costa Rica to provide technical information to support its NDC and foster within-country collaboration on blue carbon.

International Tree Equity. At COP27 today, American Forests will announce plans to expand its Tree Equity Score tool to the United Kingdom in 2023, in partnership with the Woodland Trust and the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (CSH). In 2023, American Forests will also expand Tree Equity Score to cover all urban areas across the United States, as well Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.  

Nature In The Streets. Cities in developing countries are invited to participate in the Beat the Heat: Nature for Cool Cities Challenge by pledging to increase nature based solutions in their urban areas by 2030 and demonstrate tangible progress by 2025.  Participants will be supported via funding, technical assistance, partnership opportunities, and communications support.
Lula's On The Scene

Lula's arrival at COP27 drew the largest crowd we've seen so far in Sharm El-Sheikh inspiring chants and singing amongst bystanders. His main message to supporters and attendees that listened to his speech was that "Brazil is back on the world stage". During his visit in Sharm El-Sheikh, President-elect Lula announced that he is seeking to have Brazil host COP30 in 2025 and would aim to put the venue in the Amazon rainforest, rather than the more populous coastal region. Brazil had been set to host the annual U.N. summit in 2019, until Lula's predecessor - right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro - refused to go ahead with it.


Article 6 negotiators continue to work on technical items related to how to set up the registries that will manage the trading of emission credits. The main issues revolve around Article 6.4, which establishes a centralised body to act as a registry to manage the overall system. But it cannot function until its governing guidelines are in place, and limited time remains to do this before the informal deadline for the start-up of the mechanism at the end of next year. The issues of contention appear to be how the registry will operate and the  transaction procedures for trading, including the issue of authorisation of emission reductions by host countries.

What "authorisation" looks like is different from country to country dependent on their views and goals.  What is desired in the Article 6 text this year is a functional system that can recognise all sinks and sources of greenhouse gas emissions so we have as large of an impact on reducing global GHG emissions as possible.  This includes a strong transparency component that would allow for all emissions trading to be followed from buyer to seller, and whether the host country has authorized the unit or not. This includes emissions from all sectors - whether Natural Climate Solutions, Energy, or transportation.

NCS Alliance Lighthouses Film Series & Event

The new NCS Leaders’ film series from the NCS Alliance captures the testimonials from businesses that invest in Natural Climate Solutions carbon credits, in addition to their decarbonisation efforts. These companies have built NCS credits into the transition to net zero and they chose high-quality NCS that result in gains for nature and for people. "We hope these will inspire other businesses to take action on climate change and invest in nature on the journey towards a net-zero world," said Giulia Carbone, Director of the NCS Alliance. 

Join the NCS Alliance tomorrow in the Nature Zone Pavilion at COP27 from 18:00–20:00 PM local time to learn more about what action for nature, climate and people actually look like with NCS. As COP27 winds down, this event aims to leave you with hope. You will hear from a selection of experts on Natural Climate Solutions including representatives from the new NCS Lighthouses which demonstrate climate actions that get actual results for nature and for people. Find out about the projects which shine a light on best practice at the event tomorrow.


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

Development, Humanitarian, and IPLC Groups Urge Governments to Secure an Equitable, Climate Neutral, and Nature Positive World 
Time: 8:30-9:30 AM
Organizers: WWF
Location: WWF Pavilion

Collective Action to Deliver Sustainable Food and Land Use Systems Alongside a Just Rural Transition
Time: 9:00-9:45 AM
Organizers: The Food and Land Use Coalition, Infarm
Location: Food Systems Pavilion

Unlocking Climate Finance to Support High Forest Low Deforestation Regions in Africa and America
Time: 9:00-10:00 AM
Organizers: Conservation International 
Location: Nature Zone Pavilion

The Private Sector and the Tocantins REDD+ Program
Time: 9:00-10:00 AM
Organizers: Legal Amazon Consortium
Location: Legal Amazon Hub

Indigenous Climate Leadership as a Cornerstone of Domestic Climate Policy
Time: 9:00 AM
Organizers: Government of Canada
Location: Canada Pavilion

Building Resilience and Transforming the African Landscape through Scaling up the Great Green Wall Initiative
Time: 9:30-11:00 AM
Organizers: Global Environment Facility 
Location: GCF-GEF Pavilion

Unlocking the Power of Nature-Based Solutions - Financing Climate Adaptation 
Time: 10:00-11:00 AM
Organizers: WWF
Location: WWF Pavilion

Advancing First Nations Climate Leadership: Case Stories from First Nations
Time: 10:15 AM
Organizers: Assembly of First Nations
Location: Canada Pavilion

Enhancing Private Sector Engagement in Carbon Market Activities in Eastern Africa
Time: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Organizers: GIZ, Eastern Africa Alliance on Carbon Markets and Climate Finance, East Africa Development Bank, Climate Finance Innovators 
Location: IETA BusinessHub
Side Event Room

Looking Ahead: Finance for Jurisdictional REDD+
Time: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Organizers: The Nature Conservancy 
Location: Nature Zone Pavilion

Nexus between Nature Based Solution (NBS) for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation 
Time: 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Organizers: WWF
Location: WWF Pavilion

Voluntary contributions and global cooperation to promote synergies between climate and biodiversity
Time: 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Organizers: China Green Carbon Foundation
Location: Hatshepsut (300)

Food security, indigenous economy and community vigilance against climate change
Time: 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Organizers: Federación Nativa del Río Madre de Dios y Afluentes (FENAMAD)
Location: Khufu (300)

TreeMapper: Youth Innovation Driving Restoration with Technology and Precision
Time: 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Organizers: Plant for the Planet Foundation (Plant for the Planet)
Location: Thebes (150)

Nature-Based Solutions to Combat Climate Change
Time: 12:00-12:45 PM
Organizers: UNDP
Location: Pavilion of Türkiye

From Mangroves to Forests - Growing Resilience and Scale
Time: 12:00-1:30 PM
Organizers: South Pole
Location: IETA BusinessHub
Side Event Room

Young Métis Leaders Advancing Indigenous Climate Action
Time: 12:30 PM
Organizers: The Métis National Council
Location: Canada Pavilion

Accelerating Cross-Sector Supply Chain Action to Halt Deforestation in Line with a 1.5°C Pathway
Time: 1:00-1:45 PM
Organizers: World Economic Forum, Infarm, The Food and Land Use Coalition
Location: Food Systems Pavilion

How Protecting Nature Can Combat Climate Change
Time: 1:00-2:00 PM
Organizers: National Geographic Society 
Location: Nature Zone Pavilion 

Making the Most of Road between COP 27 and CBD COP 15
Time: 1:00-2:00 PM
Organizers: WWF
Location: WWF Pavilion

Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework: Enhancing Action on Climate and Implementation of the SDGs
Time: 1:15-2:45 PM
Organizers: Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
Location: Akhenaten (150)

A Global Peatlands Assessment to guide decision makers towards conservation and sustainable use
Time: 1:15-2:45 PM
Organizers: WCMC (World Conservation Monitoring Centre) and the Michael Succow Foundation for the Protection of Nature (MSF)
Location: Hatshepsut (300)

Pan-Amazon International Cooperation
Time: 1:30- 2:30 PM
Organizers: Legal Amazon Consortium
Location: Legal Amazon Hub

IUCN Climate Crisis Commission 
Time: 2:30-3:30 PM
Organizers: WWF
Location: WWF Pavilion

Sustainable Live Stock Production Systems and Environmental Reinsertion of Small Farmers in Mato Grosso State
Time: 2:45-4:00 PM
Organizers: Legal Amazon Consortium
Location: Legal Amazon Hub

Promoting Green & Blue Growth Innovation in the Mediterranean: Adopting Circular Economy Strategies for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM
Organizers: Interreg MED Programme and UNIMED
Location: Mediterranean Pavilion

High-level Dialogue of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests: Turning the Tide on Deforestation
Time: 3:00-4:30 PM
Organizers: Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)
Location: Hatshepsut (300)

Ecosystem-based Adaptation in vulnerable rural communities - experiences from Haiti, Cuba and the DR
Time: 3:00-4:30 PM
Organizers: Welthungerhilfe
Location: Thebes (150)

Beyond Carbon Credits: Implementing High-Integrity NBS in the Southwest Amazon
Time: 4:00-5:00 PM
Organizers: WWF
Location: WWF Pavilion

Nature Based Solutions and Circular Development Strategies to Address the Climate Emergency in Latin America
Time: 4:30-6:00 PM
Location: LGMA Multilevel Action Pavilion

Forests as global connectors: new and innovative partnerships to reduce deforestation
Time: 4:45-6:15 PM
Organizers: Korea University (KUCE)
Location: Hatshepsut (300)

COP27: Forests as global connectors
Time: 4:45-6:15 PM
Organizers: Korea University, the National Wildlife Federation, and Global Canopy
Location: Room 3, Blue Zone

Achieving an Ambitious Food System Transformation: Vision, Pathways and Processes
Time: 5:00-5:45 PM
Organizers: Chatham House
Location: Food Systems Pavilion

Indigenous Climate Leadership Day Closing Reception and Pavilion Closing Ceremony
Time: 5:15 PM
Organizers: Government of Canada
Location: Canada Pavilion

Reducing Deforestation and Forest Degradation through Sustainable Agricultural Value Chains and Improved Forest Governance: From Commitment to Action
Time: 6:00-6:45 PM
Organizers: GIZ
Location: Food Systems Pavilion

Natural Climate Solutions: The Role of Nature and People in Delivering Positive Climate Mitigation Impacts
Time: 6:00-8:00 PM
Organizers: World Business Council for Sustainable Development, The Natural Climate Solutions Alliance
Location: Nature Zone Pavilion

Financing the Climate-Biodiversity Nexus: Enhancing the GCF and GEF Complementarity
Time: 6:15-7:45 PM
Organizers: Global Climate Fund and Global Environment Facility
Location: GCF-GEF 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. 


Lula offers to host UN climate talks in Brazil's Amazon 
Reuters, 16 November

‘Paris agreement’ for nature imperative at Cop15, architects of climate deal say  
The Guardian, 16 November

Forests could absorb nearly all New England's carbon, report says
The Harvard Gazette, 16 November

World's Largest Carbon Program Pilots Digital Measuring of Forest Carbon 
Benzinga, 16 November

Singapore to join partnership on implementation of carbon markets 
The Straits Times, 16 November

Mangrove alliance formed at COP27 
The Straits Times, 16 November

Lula’s Pledge to Save Amazon Wins Hero’s Welcome at COP27 
Bloomberg, 16 November

Can Lula slam the brakes on Brazil's rampant deforestation? It will be harder this time  
CNN, 16 November

Campaigners and businesses step up calls for 'Paris Agreement for nature'
BusinessGreen, 16 November

Big Nature Impact Fund: UK government announces COP27 funding boost for new public-private initiative
BusinessGreen, 16 November

Nations set to postpone even more carbon market decisions for a year, draft suggests
Carbon Pulse, 16 November

LEAF Coalition eyes first issuances of jurisdictional REDD credits in H1 2023
Carbon Pulse, 16 November

Singapore seals talks to implement carbon credit agreement with Ghana, signs MoU with Papua New Guinea
Carbon Pulse, 16 November

Antigua partners with consultancy to develop blue carbon projects
Carbon Pulse, 16 November

Food & drink giant teams up with developers to launch Australian forest carbon project
Carbon Pulse, 16 November

Carbon credit demand should be based on ability to pay, not amount to offset -report
Carbon Pulse, 16 November

Verra to start piloting digital MRV platform for nature-based projects
Carbon Pulse, 16 November

In Brazil, Lula Beat Bolsonaro. Now Comes the Hard Part.
The New York Times, 16 November

‘A beautiful milestone’: coral grown in Great Barrier Reef nursery spawns for first time
The Guardian, 16 November

Can the world feed 8bn people sustainably?
The Guardian, 15 November



Nature4Climate has developed a “NBS commitment tracker” – an evaluation of progress on joint action commitments that have been made on nature-based solutions from 2019 to 2022. The tracker shows some good progress across a number of different initiatives and commitments, but also that there is much more to do. Overall it tracks 80 commitments so far, and finds that 55% demonstrate substantial signs of progress or completion, while 45% show only small signs of progress, or no progress at all.
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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