The world is falling dangerously short of Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting warming to 2 degrees Celsius. The recent Emissions Gap Report and IPCC Special Report on 1.5 Degrees show that deep reductions—up to 50 percent less than 2017 global emissions – are needed by 2030. With only 12 years to accomplish this, this is no easy feat. Countries must harness every tool in the Paris Agreement to lower emissions, and planning should begin now. As part of countries’ implementation of the Paris Agreement, natural climate solutions and cooperative approaches offer two important tools for mitigation action that can greatly lower the emissions gap by 2030.
This report proposes a model of International Mitigation Partnerships for forests to harnessing the potential of natural climate solutions to enable us to meet the long-term temperature goal of the Paris Agreement, while also contributing to a variety of social, environmental, and economic needs.