|Project leader||Stephen Leonard|
The IPCC (2019) has pointed to the urgent importance of climate change mitigation measures in the land sector. The needed deeply transformational change in how agricultural and forestry production - and ecosystems - are managed is a formidable task. Unsustainable land use and food production, and deforestation need to be stopped; ecosystem based adaptation (EBA) and restoration are urgent, and will require coordination and collaboration across actors and sectors like never before.
Forest and land conservation, restoration of ecosystems and their services, and improved, sustainable land management are central efforts under the Paris Agreement to address the global climate challenge (Griscom et al. 2017). These efforts provide key Nature Based Solutions (NBS) without which it will be impossible to keep global warming well below 2 degrees. The climate, ecosystems and biodiversity challenges overlap considerably in terms of drivers and solutions (Bastin et al 2019, Seddon et al 2019, Dooley et al. 2018). NBS link the climate crisis to ecosystem services and biodiversity.
The objective of this assignment is to support the operationalization of GCF’s sectoral guidance on forests and land use and ecosystems and ecosystems services in relation to structuring a transformational global coalition. This will, in turn, support the GCF's paradigm shift objective towards low-emission and climate-resilient development, specifically across the landscape.