Yes. To limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C, we need nature-based solutions to reach their full scale. But nature-based solutions are very much one part of the picture, and no substitute for other climate action through energy use, transport, sustainable supply chains, and so on. The same goes for the biodiversity crises – nature-based solutions have a major role to play but are no substitute for addressing global pressures on ecosystems.
And for nature-based solutions to reach their full potential we need to take a holistic approach as well. For example, the Nature-Based Solutions Accelerator is part of the Climate Solutions Partnership between WWF, HSBC and the World Resources Institute (WRI), which also has workstreams on transition to renewable energy and supporting climate innovation ventures. While we certainly need finance for nature-based solutions interventions on the ground, we also need to change the systems that impact that landscape or seascape – such as policies that are perhaps incentivising the degradation of nature rather than the restoration of nature, deforestation-free supply chains and so on.