Amy Duchelle-Senior Scientist and Team Leader for Climate Change, Energy, and Low Carbon Development, CIFOR. Forests play a crucial role in tackling climate change. Nature-based solutions, or actions to protect, restore and sustainably manage natural ecosystems, are increasingly acknowledged for the positive ways they can contribute to climate mitigation, and support the rights and livelihoods of rural populations. A growing number of commitments and actions to end deforestation, restore degraded landscapes, and protect the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities offer bright spots for the future of tropical forests. In the first podcast of a series during United Nations climate talks this month in Madrid, Spain, CIFOR Senior Scientist and Climate Change Team Leader, Amy Duchelle, discusses how forests play a critical role in efforts to combat climate change, and what CIFOR and ICRAF scientists are doing at COP25. Duchelle is one of 14 CIFOR-ICRAF scientists attending COP25 to share research on how forests, peatlands and other ecosystems can play a positive role in addressing climate change.