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"Nature-based actions - parts of the solution to the climate crisis"

Published: 20 December 2019

The UN Climate Change Conference COP25  was concluded without the international community being able to agree on concrete promises of funding to deal with the climate crisis. But many solutions already exist and real climate action is in progress among people in rural areas and small-scale farmers.

Now we need to focus our joint international collaborations on support and incentives to implement these natural solutions on a larger scale, writes 12 researchers in agroforestry in the journal Aktuell Hållbarhet.

Agroforestry is an example of a nature-based solution that was often highlighted during many of the COP25 conference sessions. Agroforestry, where trees are planted among crops and animals, can limit the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by binding carbon in vegetation and soil. At the same time, the cultivation system contributes to adaptation to the effects of climate change, as trees shade, bind soil and increase resistance to pests, drought and floods, as well as providing access to firewood and a variety of nutritious food.

One of the authors is Ulrik Ilstedt, researcher at the Department of Forest Ecology and Management at SLU.

Read more in the full article in Swedish here.