How should we protect biodiversity and our climate?

Greenpeace commisions report to study the most recent science on the relationship between biodiversity and climate change

Feature story - June 9, 2009
While biological diversity (the diversity of plant and animal species and ecosystems) is the basis of human life on Earth, the importance of biodiversity in the fight against climate change often goes unrecognized.Amazon Jaguar, SIGS zoo, Manaus, Amazon, Brazil © Greenpeace/Rodrigo Baleia

Biodiversity is crucial for both cutting climate pollution and dealing with and adapting to the effects of climate change. If we do not protect the diversity of life on Earth, the effects could be as devastating as the effects of global warming itself. This is especially true with tropical forests - they are critical to fighting climate change and home to more species than any other ecosystem type.

How should we protect biodiversity and our climate? 

Greenpeace commissioned the Institute of Forest Policy at the University of Freiburg in Germany to study the most recent science on the relationship between biodiversity and climate change. The report shows that a fund-based approach to reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) is more effective at protecting biodiversity than an offset-based scheme.

Read the report summary here: Greenpeace Summary of the "REDD from the Conservation Perspective" report

To download the full, technical report, click here:

REDD From the Conservation Perspective

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