Best Practices Guide to Nature Heritage Systems Planning
A user-friendly compilation of wetland best management practices.
Billions of tons of GHGs per year could be offset or avoided by natural climate solutions such as responsible management of cropland, peatlands, and forests.
Governments should apply forest carbon accounting principles to quantify the potential of the forest sector to contribute to climate change mitigation and demonstrate the importance of sustainable forest management.
Indigenous Guardian programs for land and marine areas, which increase stewardship by Indigenous communities of their territories using traditional knowledge can also play key roles in improving the management of carbon-rich natural areas.
Better management of land in urban areas is critical as populations grow and development infringes on already degraded ecosystems.
Expanding regenerative agricultural practices is key to reducing CO2. In fact, increasing the carbon content of the world’s soil by 0.4% could remove as much CO2 from the atmosphere as was emitted globally in 2015.
However, the carbon content of farmland has been decreasing since 2006 in Canada due to increased conversion from perennial to annual crops that require more fertilizer and pesticides, the intensity of tilling practices, expansion of intensive livestock operations, and conversion of wetlands to agricultural lands.
Farmers must improve agricultural land management and fertilizer management on agricultural lands.
There are many ways that municipalities and local organizations can work to protect areas within their jurisdiction as...
Restoring damaged or destroyed ecosystems through active human intervention can have positive impacts for both climate and biodiversity.