WWF Freshwater and Food Team Resources for COP 28

Thank you for joining WWF-US at UNFCCC COP28 in Dubai. We have developed the assets below to aid the conversation around Freshwater and Food actions to help achieve our global goals:

Freshwater Challenge:
The Freshwater Challenge is a country-led initiative that aims to support, integrate and accelerate the restoration of 300,000 km of degraded rivers and 350 million hectares of degraded wetlands by 2030, as well as conserve intact freshwater ecosystems. By doing so, the Challenge will support countries to reach their international commitments on climate, biodiversity, restoration, land degradation, Disaster Risk Reduction and SDGs, aligned to ambitions for a sustainable economic development. It is the official COP28 Presidency Water & Nature Outcome that is being pursued at UNFCCC COP28 in Dubai.

High Cost of Cheap Water:
Water is the world’s most precious resource. Healthy freshwater ecosystems underpin our societies and economies and are central to tackling the global climate and nature crises. Yet they have been consistently undervalued - fuelling their destruction and exacting a profound toll on people and planet. Now for the first time, we have an estimate of the economic value of water and freshwater ecosystems. This new report from WWF estimates the direct economic value of water for households, agriculture, businesses, and industries.

Playbook for Nature-Positive Infrastructure Development:
This strategic guide jointly developed by WWF, the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC), and AECOM, addresses the critical role of infrastructure in sustainable growth and poverty reduction while highlighting the potential environmental harm caused by poorly planned projects. This playbook equips engineers and conservationists with essential tools and practical examples to seamlessly incorporate environmental considerations and sustainability principles into their projects, aligning with the global mission to protect and restore natural ecosystems.

WWF Perspectives Paper: The Role of Regenerative Agriculture to Drive Food Systems Transformation:
Feeding ten billion people sustainably and equitably by 2050 is one of humanity’s greatest challenges. COP28 provides a crucial opportunity to transform global food systems to confront the climate crisis and protect nature. The diversity of food systems and stakeholders around the world means that there are many different approaches and frameworks to achieve food systems transformation. This paper outlines WWF’s perspective on fundamental principles which should inform the dialogue around food systems transformation. With these principles, WWF seeks to find common ground between the interests of a diverse set of approaches to catalyze systems change at scale: agroecology, regenerative agriculture, and nature-positive production.

Solutions to Meet the Need for Feed:
Livestock and poultry have been a valuable part of the global agricultural landscape for millennia. As global meat production has quadrupled over the past fifty years, the corresponding growth in production and consumption of animal products and feed requires increased attention to the impacts of these intertwined systems and processes. This white paper highlights how solutions that address Responsible Sourcing, Regenerative Agriculture, Circular Ingredients, and Feeding Innovations can support aligned efforts to meet corporate and national climate commitments while building climate resilience for feed systems.

Building a Nature-Positive Energy Transformation:
World Wildlife Fund and the Boston Consulting Group have completed an analysis to improve our understanding of the risks and impacts associated with the rapid transition to renewable energy and propose a framework for policymakers to achieve an energy transition that avoids and minimizes impacts on communities and nature and facilitates a nature-positive future. This report sheds light on the impacts on nature if we do not take action on the climate crisis versus rapidly scaling up renewable infrastructure in order to have a more sustainable, livable climate future.

Plowprint Report 2023:
WWF’s 2023 Plowprint Report analyzes the rate of grasslands plow-up across the US, and Canadian portions of the Great Plains.

Freshwater Factsheet:
Discover WWF's vision for a water-secure future. This factsheet emphasizes the vital role of preserving freshwater resources and ecosystems. WWF envisions a world where the human right to water is supported by resilient freshwater ecosystems, benefiting both human and wildlife populations. The factsheet outlines WWF's approach, including promoting good governance, advocating for sustainable practices, influencing financial flows, and convening stakeholders. It also highlights policies and on-the-ground actions to protect and restore rivers and wetlands, illustrating the collective effort needed for a thriving future.

Food Factsheet:
Discover WWF's strategy for reshaping global food systems. The factsheet emphasizes the urgency to cease ecosystems degradation for food production. WWF envisions more resilient, nature-positive systems aligned with Sustainable Development Goals. Through targeted initiates, WWF collaborates with stakeholders to drive the adoption of regenerative agriculture, share best practices, align supply-chain actions, scale innovations and strengthen enabling environments. This factsheet is a guide to WWF's initiatives to create a more sustainable and nourishing food landscape.

Freshwater and Food Factsheet:
WWF's Freshwater and Food team confronts two of the biggest threats to nature—agriculture and infrastructure. In this factsheet you'll find a condensed overview of WWF's Freshwater and Food team's strategy which calls for a harmonious equilibrium between human needs and the conservation of the natural world. There is a critical interplay between freshwater and food. This factsheet illuminates the escalating demands on land and water for various sectors, pushing beyond sustainable limits.