Protecting Nature's Hotspots for people and prosperity

Biodiversity and climate change: Nature-based solutions

Anole lizard (Anolis sp.) in Jamaica. © Olivier Langrand 

"The positive relationship between climate and biodiversity is rarely highlighted. Biodiversity is our best ally yet to mitigate the consequences of climate change."
- Arnaud Greth, founding president of CEPF grantee Noé

Since its inception in 2000, CEPF has secured 1.2 billion tonnes of carbon
While climate change is altering, and in some cases diminishing, life on Earth, biological diversity is central to addressing and adapting to climate change. 

To avoid extreme negative impacts, temperature increase must be limited to a degree that can only be achieved by protecting existing ecosystems and their diversity of life while also conducting an ambitious ecological restoration program.  

CEPF’s grantees in the biodiversity hotspots are working now to secure the most biodiverse, and threatened, ecosystems. This strategic conservation action offers many benefits to people, including, in many instances, carbon storage, protection of fresh water supplies, buffer against extreme weather such as flooding and drought, sustainable land management and sustainable livelihoods.  

Read more about the role of biodiversity and CEPF grantees in addressing climate change​ in this piece by Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, senior fellow at the United Nations Foundation, professor at George Mason University and co-editor of the book “Climate Change and Biodiversity.” 

Read about CEPF's partners who implement effective approaches​​ that, when taken to scale, will help the global community address the climate challenge using nature-based solutions.