Natural Solutions: Protected Areas Helping People Cope with Climate Change

December 22nd, 2009

Funded by the International Union for Conservation of NatureWorld Commission on Protected Areas (IUCN WCPA), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), The World Bank and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), “Natural Solutions: protected areas helping people cope with climate change,” highlights the importance of protected areas in reducing impacts of climate change.

Protected areas are vital in reducing carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere. They serve as effective natural barriers against climate change impacts such as flood waters, landslides and storm surges and can keep natural resources healthy and productive. This report advocates expanding protected areas as one of the most (cost-)effective ways to help indigenous peoples and fight climate change. It emphasises the need for UNFCCC and the Convention on Biodiversity to recognise the importance of integrating maintenance and expansion of protected areas into national climate change strategies.

In the rush for ‘new’ solutions to climate change, we are in danger of neglecting a proven alternative” says Alexander Belokuro (WWF International).