Event: Nature-Based Solutions: How to Avoid Land Grabbing in the Name of Biodiversity? (Fern)
12. October 2021, Brussels
"Held in advance of the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 15), and the 2021 United Nations climate change conference (COP26), the aim of this event is to highlight civil society's concerns about the specific use of NbS, notably for carbon or biodiversity offsetting. Such measures can have significant negative environmental and social consequences and can even hinder or undermine the global fight against the climate crisis. Many environmental and social concerns need to be addressed when working on NbS: offsetting could enable continued pollution; the availability of large volumes of low-cost carbon credits from NbS projects can dilute the ambition of companies and governments to reduce their own greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; NbS offsets can be misused for greenwashing, while continuing the status quo; measurement errors could overestimate reduced emissions; land use could prioritise emission reductions/removals (e.g. large-scale, non-native, monoculture plantations), thereby having a negative impact on biodiversity, food and water security and the provision of other ecosystem goods and services, especially for Indigenous Peoples and local communities."