BETHESDA, MD, November 16, 2022 – WHC (Wildlife Habitat Council), with the support of Shell USA, has released a tool for corporations to better understand and potentially pursue nature-based solutions to build resilience against the impacts of climate change.
This new resource, Nature-Based Solutions for Corporate Landowners | Interventions to Address Climate Change Challenges is available for download. It includes twenty NBS interventions, from reforestation to green roofs, as well as real-life case studies that show how corporations have successfully implemented each solution. Corporate landowners can use this tool to learn more about specific NBS and select those that best align with their needs.
“By identifying NBS options that are feasible, appropriate, cost-effective and scalable, the private sector can work to build climate-resilient communities while supporting nature,” said Rob Campbell, Director of Technical Services and Certification, WHC.
“Shell is working to mitigate the impacts of climate change in the communities that we serve,” said Michael Jeffers, Social Investment Advisory at Shell. “This tool aligns with Shell’s investments in NBS projects that work with ecosystems such as forests, grasslands, wetlands and coastal zones, or projects that improve agricultural sustainability. These projects absorb more CO2 or prevent the release of greenhouse gases, while also delivering benefits to local communities and biodiversity of the area.”
Climate-change challenges such as increased flooding, intense heat and cold waves and severe coastal erosion impact both corporate operations and the lives of local community members. NBS can address climate-change challenges while enhancing biodiversity, mitigating rising temperatures, increasing air quality and boosting carbon sequestration. These natural interventions support human health and well-being while providing opportunities for community engagement.
For over 30 years, WHC has been promoting and certifying ecological stewardship action on corporate lands through partnerships and education. Since only 10-15% of the world’s land surface is protected, private lands provide an essential opportunity for restoring and protecting biodiversity. As the only international conservation NGO focused exclusively on the private sector, WHC provides a framework for voluntary conservation action on a wide variety of corporate lands. WHC’s corporate members represent some of the leading national and multinational corporations seeking to support sustainable ecosystems and the communities that surround them. These efforts have resulted in more than 1,000 certified programs across 47 states and 28 countries.
About Shell USA, Inc.:
Shell USA, Inc is an affiliate of Shell plc, a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with operations in more than 70 countries. In the U.S., Shell operates in 50 states and employs more than 12,000 people working to help tackle the challenges of the new energy future.