Preserving forests, protecting ecosystems, helping farmers switch to drought-resistant crops. These are just a few of the ways that Winrock combats climate change. A deep concern for the planet is part of Winrock’s DNA, and it shows up in everything from multiple-use water projects to low-emission development planning and carbon-offset measuring services. With decades of experience in agriculture, sustainability and clean energy, Winrock is a natural leader in the fight to protect the environment.
“The services that forests provide – in terms of reducing the impacts of climate change and sequestering carbon – those benefits start to expand beyond just the individuals in the households who are living in that forest. We all are actually benefiting from PFES all over the world.” Winrock’s Brian Bean explains how the Payment for Forest Environmental Services system in Vietnam allows beneficiaries of forest environmental services, like hydrological protection for watersheds and waterways, to pay into a fund that is distributed to forest owners to financially reward them for their work to protect and support forestland growth.
“Banks have a critical role to play in the fight against climate change by divesting from fossil fuels and funding the clean energy solutions of the future.” BankFWD Co-Chair Valerie Rockefeller explains the mission of BankFWD to accelerate transition to a just, zero-carbon economy by influencing banks to align their business strategies with the 1.5 degree target of the Paris Climate Agreement.
“Biodiversity and the protection of biodiversity is really fundamental to ensuring that resilience can be achieved all around the world.” Winrock’s Matthew Maltby explains the importance of biodiversity and the role of well-managed protected areas in strengthening resilience to climate change.
“Coastal marshes can capture up to 10 times the amount of carbon that an average upland forest would.” Winrock’s Dr. Blanca Bernal explains how coastal ecosystems capture and store “blue carbon” and why protecting the world’s diminishing coastal ecosystems is critical in the fight against climate change.
“Forests are a natural climate solution.” In the inaugural episode of Winrock’s Climate 1.5 series, Winrock’s Dr. Timothy Pearson, Director of Ecosystem Services, explains why conservation and restoration of forests is so critical in the fight against climate change.