Use of spatial information in national climate strategies

As biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation continue largely unabated, it is becoming critical to strengthen nature-based solutions in national climate strategies, including Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and Long-Term Low-Emission Development Strategies (LT-LEDS) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). With the upcoming COP15 of the UN Convention on Biodiversity and the COP26 of the UNFCCC, interest in nature-based solutions and their operationalization as part of national climate strategies is growing. Spatial data is necessary to identify priority areas for conservation and restoration that underpin nature-based solutions. In this working paper we determine to what extent governments incorporate maps and other spatial information in their climate strategies.