The Natural Climate Solutions Alliance

Supporting nature positive, cost-effective climate actions

To meet the Paris Agreement targets, decarbonization needs to take place across the whole economy and needs to be supported by carbon sinks to balance non-abated emissions.

 Natural climate solutions (NCS), such as maintaining and restoring healthy forests, agricultural land and coastal ecosystems, can provide around 30% of the emissions reductions needed to limit global warming to 1.5°C by 2030. In addition, they provide many socio-economic & environmental benefits, such as the preservation and restoration of biodiversity, the provision of ecosystem services and supporting sustainable livelihoods. But despite their vast potential, NCS attract very little public and private investment.

To mobilize natural climate solutions, the NCS Alliance (NCSA) conveys the voice of businesses, NGOs and solution providers on the need to mobilize a high-integrity demand for high-quality NCS. The Alliance focuses on identifying opportunities and barriers to investment in the NCS voluntary carbon market and also serves as a forum for knowledge sharing and technical capacity building to ensure natural climate solutions reach their full potential in abating climate change.

NCSA objectives are:

  1. Support demand-side integrity: Guide the use of NCS credits as an integral element to a high-ambition corporate climate strategy, additional to the company’s decarbonization efforts.
  2. Support the investment in high-quality NCS credits: Provide clarity to companies on what makes a high-quality NCS project/program, and consequently high-quality credits.
  3. Support mainstreaming: Raise awareness and educate key stakeholders on the proper use of NCS in corporate climate strategies. 

The Natural Climate Solutions Alliance is convened by:

Why Natural Climate Solutions?

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU) contribute to about a quarter of emissions and must be reduced to limit the global average temperature rise to 1.5°C. Equally, terrestrial and coastal ecosystems are one of the few available options to take in carbon and deliver GHG emissions to net-zero quickly and cost-effectively.

Studies have shown that natural climate solutions (NCS) can provide around 30% of the emissions reductions needed to limit the worst impacts of global warming by 2030. As well as mitigating climate change, NCS can also provide other important solutions, such as the protection of ecosystems and biodiversity, restoration of degraded lands and the support of sustainable livelihoods. 

Links

NCSA Members

Business

NGOs

Solution Providers

Bayer Ag

Arbor Day

Agrosmart

BCG

BirdLife International

Arcmor

Bp

CERES

Climate Action Reserve

DBS

Conservation International 

Climate Impact X 

ENI

EDF

Ecosphere

Equinor

Fauna & Flora International

EcoTree

ERM

Mandai Nature

Ecosphere+

IBCSD

The Nature Conservancy

EcoTree

IETA/ICROA

Wildlife Conservation Society

Emergent

Leaseplan

World Resources Institute

Everland

Lenzing

Gold Standard Foundation

McKinsey & Co.

Indigo Ag

Mitsubishi Corp.

Native

Nestlé

New Forests

Nutrien

Permian Global

OGCI

PT Rimba

PwC

Respira International

Rabobank

Revalue Nature

REDD+ Business Initiative 

South Pole

Rio Tinto

Sylvera

Shell

The Biodiversity Consultancy

Unilever

Verra

Vertree

Viresco Solutions

Weyerhaeuser

Wildlife Works

Winrock

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