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This briefing, produced by Plantlife, WWF-International, and Equilibrium Research, outlines the vital role that grasslands and savannahs, and their carbon stores, can play in addressing the climate and biodiversity crises.
There are opportunities for governments to plan joined-up actions as Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD) and Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) revise two key documents:
NDCs are a mechanism for Parties to the UNFCCC to set out their post-2020 national actions and policies to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. NBSAPs are a mechanism for Parties to the UNCBD to set out how they will deliver their commitments at a national level.
Healthy grasslands and savannahs are critically important for:
A strategic approach is needed through national policy and legislation to protect, sustainably manage, and restore grasslands and savannahs in order to unlock their benefits.
Key recommendations for inclusion of natural and semi-natural grasslands and savannahs:
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