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Climate change is happening, it is largely caused by human activities, and it presents a catastrophic threat to nature and people now, and in the future.
Without ambitious and immediate mitigation efforts, global average temperature rise this century will exceed the globally agreed goal of pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.
Climate change and global warming have profound implications for BirdLife International’s conservation priorities and approaches. It affects the populations and distributions of species, the composition of ecological communities, and nature’s provision of goods and services – such as food, fuel and clean water. Climate change also compounds other major threats to biodiversity, such as invasive alien species, habitat fragmentation and overexploitation.
- BirdLife International delivers ground-breaking research on the impacts of climate change on biodiversity, to inform better decisions on the ground.
- By working to conserve and manage forests, peatlands and other habitats, through Nature Based Solutions (NbS), BirdLife’s Partnership of 115 national organisations is helping to reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and support climate-smart Partner projects.
- BirdLife supports nature-sensitive renewable energy deployment and delivers solutions to governments, investors and developers to ensure these do not negatively impact biodiversity.
- BirdLife advocates for nature-sensitive and climate-smart safeguards in Multilateral Environmental Agreements.
- Our work shows that supporting community engagement and action can build the resilience of natural and societal systems.
- BirdLife advocates for the importance of healthy ecosystems to be recognised in national, regional and international climate change and development policy.
BirdLife International’s Climate Change programme combines cutting-edge science, policy analysis and practical experience to advocate and deliver appropriate climate change mitigation and adaptation solutions for nature and people.
We work across every level; from grassroots projects through to national level decision-making and to regional and global policy processes, such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This means the actions for which we advocate are well informed by local experiences, and ensures that the voices of local communities are heard in national and international decision-making forums.
BirdLife continues to engage with and seek to inform financial institutions and developers on suitable nature-sensitive and climate-smart safeguards and investment activities that will ensure that biodiversity and ecosystem considerations are incorporated in lending decisions and implemented on the ground.
How we are fighting climate change
Climate change is one of the greatest threats facing people and biodiversity. And while renewable energy is among the best tools in our arsenal for addressing climate change and achieving the targets set in the Paris Climate Agreement, it can harm species and ecosystems if placed in wildlife sensitive areas.
This morning Patricia Zurita, CEO of BirdLife International, delivered an inspirational speech on behalf of international NGOs at the high-level segment of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Conference of the Parties in Kunming, China, where the world’s nations are developing a new global framework to protect nature. This was her message.
Through our world-leading science, unique local-to-global policy reach and extensive on-ground conservation work around the globe, BirdLife is uniquely placed to guide on why and how we need to restore nature to build back better from COVID-19, tackle the climate and biodiversity crises, and improve health and well-being, as part of wider and long-term efforts to achieve an equitable, carbon-neutral, nature-positive future for all.
Biodiversity loss and climate change: two inextricably linked existential threats. Since 2015, we’ve had the universal climate goal of ‘1.5 degrees or under’. Now: introducing a Global Goal for Nature, what ‘nature-positive’ means and how it will be measured.
A new study analysing sites across the world has found that in most cases, economic benefits are higher when habitats are conserved or restored rather than converted to human uses such as farming. These findings add important ammunition to our fight for a greener future.
As global temperature rises, species will be driven across national borders to find suitable habitat. Physical barriers like the USA-Mexico wall and fences between Russia and China aren’t the only complication. BirdLife’s Chief Scientist Dr Stuart Butchart explains how countries experiencing the greatest species loss may be in the worst position to protect nature.
Birds and Biodiversity Targets
What do birds tell us about progress to the Aichi Targets and requirements for the post-2020 biodiversity framework?