Big Trout Bay, Lake Superior, ON; Photo by NCC

Big Trout Bay, Lake Superior, ON; Photo by NCC

Nature + Climate

Every spring our vast northern forests and ecosystems wake up and take a long, deep breath. They breathe in C02, and photosynthesis kicks into overdrive. When that happens, scientists around the world can measure a dramatic dip in the levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

Next Creek watershed (Photo by Steve Ogle)

Nature-based Solutions 101

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That’s what nature can do. In an era when we face the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change, nature is our ally. Intact natural systems absorb carbon (carbon sequestration), keep it in the ground and provide an essential buffer against the impacts of climate change. They also provide us with a host of services essential to our health and well-being. From the food on our tables to our health and well-being, nature provides myriad essential, and largely undervalued, solutions to today's crises.


These nature-based solutions are our first, and most cost-effective, strategies to counter the challenges society faces. Without nature, there is no path to a sustainable future. That’s why conservation matters, especially in Canada.

With nations pledging net-zero carbon economies by 2050, how do we accelerate actions to protect, restore and care for nature? Innovation is the key, not only in technology, but in the way we plan, measure and fund our impact. Well-purposed private capital can also be a powerful complement to government and philanthropic resources to advance nature-based solutions.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is leading the conversation on investments in nature-based solutions. Explore the links below to find out what NCC is doing, and how you can join us.





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