Nature-Based Climate Solutions
Carbon sequestration involves the process of capturing and storing atmospheric carbon dioxide. Healthy habitats, such as forests, grasslands, soil, and oceans naturally sequester carbon while producing co-benefits. For example, reforestation can sequester carbon, create wildlife habitat, and provide opportunities for recreation. Habitat conservation and careful land management is also a nature-based climate solution that can help sequester carbon.
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Land sinks--such as forests and grasslands--currently sequester 26% of emissions. Conservation and improved land management can enhance this natural sequestration capacity.
Deforestation, wetlands destruction, and soil degradation increase greenhouse gas emissions, but there are ways to reverse these trends and enhance natural ecosystem health to sequester carbon.
Reforestation is not only a climate solution, but also improves water quality, reduces heat, and improves mental health.