By supporting community development projects like sustainable farming and beekeeping, TNC hopes to villagers around Laohegou will not need to draw on the reserve’s resources.
Laohegou Nature Reserve By supporting community development projects like sustainable farming and beekeeping, TNC hopes to villagers around Laohegou will not need to draw on the reserve’s resources. © Nick Hall

The Nature Conservancy | Our Priorities

Finding Solutions in Nature

The world faces a growing number of environmental challenges—aggravated by climate change—that will make life harder for everyone in Hong Kong and beyond: sea-level rise, severe storms, temperature increases, water scarcity, air pollution and biodiversity loss. But new research by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and 15 other institutions demonstrates that Natural Climate Solutions (NCS)—like restoring forests and grasslands—can provide up to 37 percent of the emissions reductions needed by 2030 to keep global temperature rise under 2 degrees Celsius. In fact, implementing NCS could offer the carbon reduction equivalent of stopping burning oil—globally. And as a bonus, protecting lands also filters our water, cleans our air, buffers communities from floods and preserves wildlife habitat.

Making changes to land use and management will be the key to both reducing emissions and absorbing carbon from the atmosphere. In countries like Indonesia and Myanmar, one solution is trees. Planting trees, maintaining their health and preventing their removal not only protects orangutan and other wildlife habitat, it also ensures a lower-carbon future that is prosperous for people and nature.

Contribution of NCS to stabilizing warming below 2 degrees Celsius

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finding-solutions-in-nature infographic © TNC

Top 10 mitigation pathways with co-benefits

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Infographics about Global Migration Potential © TNC