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Wetlands, forests and oceans absorb and store carbon, which makes them a vital asset for countries pursuing the Paris climate agreement's targets for reducing CO2 emissions.Now, its signatories are meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, for the annual United Nations climate change conference. Several conference events specifically focus on how countries can use natural systems to meet their CO2-reduction targets.Under the Paris Agreement, governments have committed to reducing their carbon emissions drastically, in order to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.The Paris Agreement itself recognizes the important role that natural ecosystems play in limiting the amount of carbon in the atmosphere, and governments should not neglect such powerful tools.Conserving and restoring peatlands could significantly reduce global CO2 emissions, which is why in 2015 the Nordic Council of Ministers announced a commitment to preserve the region's peatlands. Almost half of Nordic countries' peatlands have been lost, and this ecosystem degradation contributes 25 percent of their total carbon emissions.This was the natural cycle for millions of years before anthropogenic climate change began.
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