Nature-based solutions for climate change in the UK

The launch event for a landmark BES report offering the first comprehensive assessment of the potential of nature-based solutions in the UK. Free and open to all.

Wednesday 12 May, 10:00 – 11:30 (BST)

Report launch

Hear the headline findings at the launch of the British Ecological Society (BES)’s landmark report on nature-based solutions for climate change.

  • Hosted by Rt Hon Philip Dunne MP, Chair of the Environment Audit Committee of the House of Commons,
  • Presented by Tom Heap, the broadcaster and journalist behind BBC Radio’s flagship climate change podcast 39 Ways to Save the Planet, a regular on Countryfile and host of Costing the Earth
  • Lead authors will take you through the recommendations of the report and answer your questions.

Nature-based solutions

Nature can be our ally in responding to the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change. A wide variety of nature-based solutions such as tree planting and peatland restoration have the potential to help. They can assist in different ways, for example through carbon sequestration, flood risk reduction and improved environments in our towns and cities.

The BES report is the first to offer a complete assessment of the potential of nature-based solutions in the UK. Led by world-class independent scientists and incorporating contributions from over 100 experts, it explains how nature-based solutions can be implemented to mitigate and adapt to climate change and benefit biodiversity. Importantly, it addresses their limitations and the inevitable trade-offs involved.

We expect this report to guide policy development on nature-based solutions in the four devolved nations of the UK.

It could help more widely as countries worldwide look to make new commitments on climate change and biodiversity targets ahead of the Convention on Biological Diversity and COP26 conferences later this year.

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Chair and speakers:


  • Rt Hon Philip Dunne MP, Chair of the Environment Audit Committee


  • Tom Heap, broadcaster and journalist from BBC Countryfile and Costing the Earth


  • Rick Stafford, Bournemouth University – Lead author of the marine chapter

Rick Stafford is a professor of marine biology and conservation at Bournemouth University. His research focuses on holistic approaches to conservation, covering natural, social and political sciences. He is chair of the British Ecological Society’s Policy Committee and lead author of the Marine and Coastal chapter of the nature-based solutions report, co-author of the finance chapter and lead editor of the report.

  • David Coomes, University of Cambridge – Lead author of the woodlands chapter

David Coomes is Director of the Conservation Research Institute at Cambridge University, which brings members of the university together with practitioners from nine international conservation organisations. He also runs the university’s Centre for Earth Observation. He recently led the writing of a briefing paper on nature-based solutions organised by the COP26 Network of Universities.

  • Lisa Norton, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology – Lead author of the grasslands chapter

Lisa Norton is a senior scientist in the Land Use Group at CEH where she has worked as a plant/landscape ecologist for over 20 years. Her research focuses on monitoring and management of natural capital and she works closely with social and economic scientists and stakeholders in interdisciplinary approaches towards sustainable environmental management of farmland. She is currently principal investigator on a Global Food Security funded project: Sustainable economic and ecological grazing systems – Learning from innovative practitioners.

  • Christian Dunn, Bangor University – Lead author of the peatlands chapter

Christian Dunn is a senior lecturer in the School of Natural Sciences at Bangor University and associate director of the Bangor Wetlands Group. He is a wetland scientist with a specific interest in peatland ecology and researches how these often overlooked habitats store climate-changing amounts of carbon.

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