On Wednesday, 20 October, at the CBD COP 10 currently taking place in Nagoya, Japan, the German government and UNEP-WCMC ran a side-event on “Carbon, biodiversity and ecosystem services: exploring co-benefits”, attended by around 50 people. A selection of results from four new reports on the spatial relationships between carbon, biodiversity and ecosystem services in Cambodia, Ecuador, Nigeria and Jiangxi Province, China, were presented (follow links to access full-colour reports). An outlook on further work on mapping the potential for restoring carbon stocks in ecosystems was provided. The discussion touched on issues ranging from the effectiveness of protected areas in securing carbon stocks, to the impact of oil, gas and mining activities on carbon in ecosystems, and the use of spatial analyses as decision-support tools.
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- Monika Bertzky, UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre