Welcome to Nature4Climate's Daily Nature Brief at COP27. This is our last edition for COP27. We encourage you to share this edition and suggest your colleagues subscribe to this newsletter list for our weekly NCS updates going forward.

Well, not yet. Many already have the feeling that the negotiations will bleed into the weekend. General sense overall is one of confusion about where we are in the process and where things will land overall, following strong reactions to the lengthy, bulleted "non-paper" released by the Presidency on elements for the cover decision. For us, the focus is on the nature-related elements, which we'll outline below. 

But first, a huge thank you to all our readers over the past couple weeks, and for all the tips and intel you shared with us. We couldn't do this without your support and greatly appreciate the time you've spent each morning with us. Most of our team will be taking time off next week, so the newsletter will be brief, sharing round-up articles from members of our community. After that, we'll return to the regular weekly briefing. 

Safe travels to all and bonne chance to the negotiators for the final push. Wishing you ambition! 

Negotiations State of Play

Cover Text: 
  • Thursday morning’s text did not include a specific call for parties under the CBD to conclude an ambitious Global Biodiversity Framework in Montreal next month. However, there were explicit calls by a range of parties --  including China, Gabon -- for a reference urging a strong CBD outcome in the cover decision.
  • The text is currently weak on food systems and their relationship to the climate crisis.
  • The text recognises the role of forests and ecosystems in climate action, and the impacts of climate change on those ecosystems; although this text could still be strengthened.
  • However, text proposing the automatic recognition of REDD+ credits under Article 6, and to promote their use to deliver against private sector net zero claims, is raising alarm - similar to last year in Glasgow - that this "risks undermining mitigation ambition and efforts to build a high-integrity carbon market framework and should be opposed."
Currently, the Koronivia draft text is reported to be "clean" (meaning it has no brackets or hints of further edits) but it has not been fully agreed upon. The current draft has narrowed the scope of mandate and work since the outset of negotiations. This includes references to "food systems" that would have taken the work of Koronivia beyond farming and into the broader set of issues around food and agriculture. Additionally, details and deadlines for more work to be completed in early 2023 have been removed. 
Article 6 
The latest version of Article 6 text is still being negotiated. A few key items of note that a diverse range of observers are keeping a close eye on during the final talks include ensuring corresponding adjustments are applied to all credits, how the central accounting registry for trading will be operated, and the level of transparency within the global market.


LEAF Inks Agreements. A total of six new agreements with forest nations and states were announced by the LEAF Coalition.  Amapá, Amazonas, Mato Grosso and Pará have become the first Brazilian states to sign Letters of Intent (LOI) with Emergent, the coordinator of The LEAF Coalition. These LOIs demonstrate the commitment of all parties to progress negotiations towards binding agreements to supply emissions reductions to LEAF Coalition participants, and signal significant progress for LEAF in Brazil.  LEAF also announced that Costa Rica and Nepal have signed memorandums of agreement (MOAs) with Emergent. These agreements, for countries who have already signed LOIs, outline the next steps and put in place a clear roadmap and timetable for the signing of binding Emissions Reduction Purchase Agreements (ERPAs) by the end of April 2023.  Costa Rica and Nepal join Ecuador, which was announced earlier at COP27 as the first country to sign a MOA.

American Forests. American Forests announced 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. 

Verra-Pachama Strike Deal. Verra, which operates the world’s largest greenhouse gas (GHG) crediting program, and leading climate-tech company Pachama announced that they will pilot a digital measuring, reporting, and verification (DMRV) platform harnessing remote-sensing to measure forest carbon. 

US Forest Relations Progress Report. Yesterday, the US government released a progress report on the implementation of its  Plan to Conserve Global Forests: Critical Carbon Sinks. Since the launch of the plan at COP26, the United States has worked to help drive progress forward in each of the plan’s four key objectives with key initiatives and ssuccesses shared in the report.


In case you missed them, here are some of our favourite reads from the past couple days: 

Healthy biodiversity is the reason to fight climate change - TIME
Thomas Crowther writes that “one of the main goals of climate action is to revitalize nature. But when carbon capture becomes the only motivation for promoting nature, the consequences can be dangerous for both. In nature, long-term carbon capture only happens as a by-product of healthy biodiversity.”

To help fight the climate crisis, we should plant more trees - CNN
Jad Dailey and Marc Benioff write why they believe it would be a profound mistake to ignore or diminish the indispensable role that protecting and growing trees can play in addressing climate change. In the United States, for example, our forests captured approximately 13% of gross US greenhouse gas emissions in 2020. 

Protecting nature to drive development: how Africa can be a nature-positive superpower - CNBC Africa
Bogolo Joy Kenewendo explains how the protection of Africa’s nature could drive development across the entire continent. "With access to the global voluntary carbon market, valuing and commercializing nature assets could unlock new financing opportunities for development for the Africa. This market, operating with integrity, equity and transparency, could help Africa deliver on three fronts: nature, climate and development."

Indigenous Groups Are Key to Reversing Amazon Destruction - Scientific American 
Uyunkar Domingo Peas Nampichkai, Juan Manuel Crespo, Jesus Chavez write that as world leaders return home from COP 27 and prepare for other meetings they must listen to native peoples and the plans they bring to the table to quell extraction from the Amazon. 

After 14 years of advocacy, the DRC president finally signs new Indigenous peoples law - Mongabay
Patrick Saidi Hemedi addresses the implementation challenges that await the Democratic Republic of the Congo in following through on a new law meant to protect the rights of Indigenous peoples.


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

Strategy PCI - Plant, Conserve, and Include - Achievements and Challenges
Time: 10:00-11:00 AM
Organizers: Legal Amazon Consortium 
Location: Legal Amazon Hub

Connecting the Crises: Why Conserving and Restoring Ecological Connectivity Combats the Climate Crisis, the Biodiversity Crisis, and Can Help Prevent the Next Pandemic 
Time: 10:30-11:30 AM
Organizers: WWF 
Location: WWF Pavilion 

GCF Task Force - Presentation of Manaus Action Plan 
Time: 12:30-1:45 PM
Organizers: Legal Amazon Consortium 
Location: Legal Amazon Hub

Contribution Claims as a Building Block of Corporate Climate Strategies 
Time: 1:30-2:30 PM
Organizers: WWF 
Location: WWF Pavilion

Nature-Based Solutions in Forest Sector to Promote Mitigation and Adaptation against Climate Change
Time: 3:00-4:30 PM
Organizer: Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute
Location: Japan Pavilion

Restoring Landscapes and Livelihoods Across East and Southern Africa
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM
Organizers: Global Evergreening Alliance
Location: Nature Zone 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. 


First draft of Cop27 text: what it says and what it means
The Guardian, 17 November

COP27 enters frenetic final stretch
Financial Times, 17 November

Nations scramble to get ready for international carbon trade despite UN-level Article 6 talks stumbling
Carbon Pulse, 17 November

Canada's Trudeau to attend U.N. biodiversity summit in Montreal
Reuters, 17 November

Brazil's Lula Aims to Reward Farmers With Cheap Credit for Curbing Carbon
Bloomberg, 17 November

Ocean-based blue carbon venture agrees deal with blockchain firm
Carbon Pulse, 17 November

Southeast Asian nature-based carbon removal venture to kick off in the Philippines
Carbon Pulse, 17 November

Soy Manifesto: UK food giants sign up to sustainable soy transition plan
BusinessGreen, 17 November

No one knows what “nature-based solutions” are
Vox, 17 November

A Lab-Grown Meat Startup Gets the FDA’s Stamp of Approval  
WIRED UK, 16 November
As climate change progresses, trees in cities struggle 
POLITICO Pro,  17 November
Bankers bet billions on new wave of debt-for-nature deals 
Reuters, 17 November
OPINION: Why we need to talk about 2025
Capital Reset, 17 November
Guilherme Leal joins and reinforces the constellation of investors
Capital Reset, 17 November
Lula promises COP27 that ‘Brazil is back’ in climate change fight | Financial Times
Financial Times, 16 November
The Global Carbon Surveillance State Is Coming [commentary]
The New York Times, 16 November
Climate change set to 'increase hunger' in Africa: UN
RFI, 16 November
Healthy Biodiversity Is The Reason To Fight Climate Change
TIME, 16 November
First draft of Cop27 text: what it says and what it means 
The Guardian, 17 November
COP27 enters frenetic final stretch
Financial Times, 17 November
EXCLUSIVE Canada's Trudeau to attend U.N. biodiversity summit in Montreal  
Reuters, 17 November
COP27 climate talks seen as key to success at next month's U.N. nature summit 
Reuters, 16 November
‘We will be rewilding the lands and sea on a scale never before attempted’
The Independent, 12 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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