Over the last few months, the connection between land-use change and climate change has gotten a lot of attention. In August 2019, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a special report on climate change and land. In September, so-called “nature-based solutions” featured prominently at the United Nations Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit in New York.
This broader focus on land is welcome, as the problem of climate change is often framed exclusively in terms of emissions from burning fossil fuels and discussion of climate solutions limited to increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy. However, it’s important to highlight the special role of forests among nature-based solutions for achieving both climate objectives and SDGs.