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Nature for People
WWF is partnering with the IFRC, the world’s largest humanitarian network, to work with nature and protect people from the climate crisis.

About the partnership

The climate crisis is a crisis for people everywhere. Communities in every region of the world are already experiencing the worsening and increasing impacts of climate change⁠ and weather-related disasters—with the most vulnerable people being hit hardest.

As the world continues to warm, we must help communities prepare for and adapt to the climate crisis now—in order to prevent or minimize its devastating impacts on lives, livelihoods, and the environment.

That’s why we’ve joined forces with the IFRC to do just that. Combining our extensive experience in protecting people and planet, we’re increasing awareness and action to build the climate and disaster resilience of the world’s most at-risk communities. And we’re doing it by working with nature.

Nature-based solutions are actions that protect, sustainably manage or restore ecosystems to address societal challenges and benefit human well-being and biodiversity. They can reduce the likelihood of climate change and weather-related hazards developing, and prevent people’s exposure to these hazards.

For example, restoring healthy floodplains and wetlands can reduce the impact of floods and promote sustainable agriculture to protect against droughts. While mangroves and coral reefs can provide a protective barrier from storms, soak up planet-warming carbon dioxide and provide food for local communities and habitats for marine life.

Working with nature makes economic sense. Implementing nature-based solutions could save developing countries at least US $104 billion a year by 2030. And they can also contribute to food and water security, health improvements, and reverse nature loss.

Working with Nature to Protect People
Working with Nature to Protect People: How Nature-based Solutions Reduce Climate Change and Weather-Related Disasters is a flagship report from the IFRC and WWF that highlights how the power of nature to protect people is being overlooked.

It shows how nature-based solutions can reduce the likelihood of climate change and weather-related events occuring, and how they can save lives by preventing exposure to these hazards and supporting vulnerable communities to adapt to and withstand the dangers of a warming world. 

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Nature is our greatest ally and a crucial buffer against climate change.

- Marco Lambertini, Director-General of WWF

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Learn more about WWF's work on nature-based solutions

WWF works globally on promoting nature-based solutions and prioritizing actions that benefit people, nature and climate. We develop measurable, people-centered initiatives across the world that harness nature-based solutions and emphasize the benefits of protecting and restoring nature to businesses, cities, communities and governments.

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