Privately-owned corporate lands are critical for climate action, whether as a source of carbon sequestration or increased resilience for the built and natural environments. Yet most corporations do not view their lands in this way and do not include nature-based solutions in their published climate action targets.
The WHC Climate Action Works initiative, launched in October 2019 with funding from ArcelorMittal, helps corporate landowners utilize nature-based climate change solutions that are corporate-driven, community-minded, and biodiversity-based.
The first meeting of the Initiative took place on October 10, 2019.
Climate Action Works seeks to create a framework in which corporate leaders can view their lands as contributing to
their science-based climate targets and take action in accordance with these targets. The framework also addresses engagement of employees and community members in meaningful restoration efforts that, in the words of Tom Lovejoy (the ‘Godfather of Biodiversity’) “can empower individuals who previously could see no way in which they individually can make a difference about climate change.”
Climate Action Works Will Address the Following
- Mindset of corporate landowners who do not view their own lands as having potential for climate mitigation and adaptation
- Relevancy for nature-based climate action on a variety of corporate lands
- Scaling of local-level climate action for global recognition
- Verifications for recognizing nature-based climate action
- Alignment of nature-based climate action with existing GHG reductions
- Value of nature-based climate action to existing conservation programs
- Corporate reporting needs surrounding climate issues
For more information about the WHC Climate Action Works initiative, please contact Alicia Thomas | firstname.lastname@example.org | 301.588.4239
Thank you to ArcelorMittal for funding WHC Climate Action Works.
1 UNEP-WCMC and IUCN Protected Planet Report 2016. 2 Natural Climate Solutions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 2017. 3 2019 IPBES Global Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. 4 The Private Sector’s Climate-Change Risk and Adaptation Blind Spots, 2019.