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Why biodiversity conservation is a critical climate solution

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🗞️ Driving the news: The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) will be participating in the inaugural Africa Climate Summit
• The summit is set to assemble over 40 African heads of state to chart a collective approach to the climate crisis

🔭 The context: Despite its vulnerability to climate change, Africa has vast natural assets that can be leveraged to address the global climate crisis
• Yet, the continent remains underfunded in terms of global resources for biodiversity protection and green development

🌎 Why does it matter for the planet: Africa's unique landscapes and biodiversity act as a global safety net, and climate change is posing a huge risk to it
• The summit allows African leaders to highlight this value, especially to industrialized nations driving the climate crisis

⏭️ What's next: At the summit, African leaders hope to gain support for protecting and managing their natural assets
• They also intend to utilize carbon and biodiversity markets to generate finances for sustainable development

💬 One quote: "Africa is also not receiving its fair share of the international finance that it needs to protect biodiversity, build climate resilience, and transition to a path of low-carbon green economic development" (Simon Addison, Climate Change Adviser)

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