Australian Land Conservation Alliance to attend COP28

National peak body Australian Land Conservation Alliance announces its participation at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP28.

The world’s biggest conversation on climate change is under way in Dubai and ALCA is pleased to announce its participation on the ground. ALCA’s Policy Lead Michael Cornish will attend the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP28 to represent the interests of the private land conservation sector and promote its impact and value at the global forum.  

“At COP28, the world will be reckoning with its progress on the Paris Agreement. The summit is happening as Australia is bracing for the worst bushfire season since black summer and we continue to see the worsening impacts of climate change playing out before our eyes.”

“Protection of nature is a key agenda item at COP and ALCA will be reinforcing the message that private land conservation is a critical climate solution,” he said.

The summit aims to keep the global goal of limiting long-term global temperature rises to 1.5C of warming, as agreed by nearly 200 countries in Paris in 2015. COP28 will be the first formal assessment of how countries have progressed towards the Paris Agreement’s target.  

“The Australian Government has set a net zero 2050 target, but our fair share of action requires bringing this forward at least a decade. We also need the political will – and action – to scale nature-based solutions that will be necessary to help achieve net zero.

“Private land conservation protects, stewards, and restores habitat, which directly contributes in a practical way. It halts and reverses forest loss and land degradation, which abates and sequesters carbon. It buffers communities from extreme weather events and natural disasters, and it provides connectivity and safe havens for species impacted by climate change. There really is no better way to avert carbon emissions than to leave trees and plants in the ground, protecting our unique biodiversity for future generations of Australians.

“The world is looking to COP28 to accelerate practical action. Private land conservation offers a pivotal opportunity to mitigate the interlinked nature and climate crises. We look forward to the opportunity to elevate nature in climate discussions,” said Michael.

ALCA will also be seeking to highlight the value of nature in domestic and global carbon market discussions.

“The carbon market in Australia is seen as a big chance to tackle climate change and the decline of nature. Right now, the Government is spending a lot of money to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the cheapest way possible – but focusing only on cutting costs means we miss out on getting the most overall value for people, climate and nature in the long run.  

“Similarly, Article 6 of the Paris Agreement presents the opportunity for international carbon markets to ensure benefits for nature to be a central consideration, rather than have it as an afterthought.

“Nature underpins the very fabric of our society and our economy, with the World Economic Forum finding that more than half of global GDP is moderately or heavily dependent upon our natural environment.  If we do not grasp the opportunity that Article 6 presents to benefit nature, we could risk addressing the climate crisis only to find the nature crisis looming even larger,” said Michael.

ALCA’s attendance at COP28 builds on the private land conservation sector’s collective engagement with the Federal government about nature as a climate solution, over many years, as well as to the Independent Review on ACCUs and its ongoing implementation.



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