All Life, including Forest Life, needs Water.
Forest Life needs Water to grow and sustain itself.
When we alter the relationship between Forest Life and Water,
we cause Water and Forest Life to leave the Home.
A Home with less Water and Forest Life in and around it
is drier, weaker, and has more death.
Such a Home is more likely to catch on fire, releasing suffering.
Biodiversity requires water to grow and sustain itself. That includes the Wabasca Wood Buffalo herd and all the plants it needs. By protecting the trees you keep more water on the Land/ecosystem (ex. the ground and the air is cooler so more water stays in the forests and soils). A balanced ecosystem with enough water is protected from stress during drier periods because it is able to store water (in older trees and the soil). Trees, plants and the little critters are able to survive and support each other during drier periods so there is less mortality. The birds and insects, which are natural predators to pathogens like the spruce budworm, help the trees win their fight to survive by eating the budworm. Having less tree mortality means having less dry wood that can burn giving wildland fire fighters a better shot at protecting the ecosystem and jobs. These are nature-based solutions where nature and people can work together to create resilient ecosystems.
Only by considering climate and biodiversity as parts of the same complex problem, which also includes the actions and motivations and aspirations of people, can solutions be developed that avoid maladaptation and maximize the beneficial outcomes. Seeking such solutions is important if society wants to protect development gains and expedite the move towards a more sustainable, healthy and equitable world for all.
Conservation actions intended to halt, slow or reverse biodiversity loss can simultaneously slow anthropogenic climate change significantly. The conservation actions with the largest potential for mitigating climate change include avoided deforestation and ecosystem restoration (especially of high carbon ecosystems such as forests - such as the range for the Wabasca Wood Buffalo herd). The evidence suggests that conservation actions have, on balance, more mutually synergistic benefits than antagonistic trade-offs with respect to contributions regulating the climate system. Synergies between biodiversity, climate change mitigation, other nature’s contributions to people and good quality of life are seldom fully quantified and integrated, and the evidence base for assessing these could be strengthened if this were done more routinely.
Joint scientific report from the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) workshop.