New York, 23 September – New initiatives aimed at increasing the use of nature-based solutions are to
be announced today at the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit in New York.
The initiatives, developed by the Nature-Based Solutions Coalition, co-led by China and New Zealand,
include efforts to conserve and restore marine and terrestrial ecosystems, promote regenerative
agriculture and the greening of supply chains, and advance innovative financing mechanisms to scale-up
The co-leads and more than 40 countries, 50 international organizations and institutions, 100 civil
society organizations, 50 private sector organizations and companies, and 12 foundations prepared a
Nature-Based Solutions call for action, highlighting the importance of valuing nature in governance,
decision-making and finance.
The Summit is expected to demonstrate a growing movement for people, nature and climate that
echoed the voices heard in the climate strike and the weekend events preceding the Summit.
China is to announce the enhancement of the Ecological Zoning (“Red Lines”) Initiative: a practice
developed to protect biodiversity and advance climate action through the development of green
corridors. It is also committing to deepening international and regional cooperation, participating in the
establishment of a group of “Friends for Nature-Based Solutions,” and promoting the incorporation of
nature-based solutions into the “Global Biodiversity Framework 2020”.
New Zealand is expected to announce new investments to support the ability of countries to monitor
and manage agricultural greenhouse gases via the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse
Norway, on behalf of the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, is to announce new ocean
actions for renewable energy, decarbonization of ocean industries, sustainable food and carbon capture
and storage. The group of 14 countries represents approximately 30 percent of global coastlines and
exclusive economic zones, along with 20 percent of global ocean catch and 20 percent of the global
The Democratic Republic of Congo is expected to highlight regional commitments in Central Africa. The
Central African Forest Initiative committs to increasing climate ambition by maintaining forest cover in
the region, continuing to stock approximately 70 gigatons of carbon and providing livelihoods for 60
million people by conserving the second largest tropical forest basin in the world.
Pakistan is committing to land degradation neutrality by 2030 by restoring at least 30 percent of
degraded forests, five percent of degraded croplands, six percent of degraded grasslands and 10 percent
of degraded wetlands, while continuing to deliver their Ten Billion Tree Tsunami Initiative as part of their
commitments to the Bonn Challenge.
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