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Team slider image “Healthy ecosystems underpin healthy, resilient nations and communities, and we cannot achieve our Sustainable Development Goals without safeguarding nature” Achim Steiner, UNDP (2017)
Team slider image Land-based conservation and restoration can provide over 30% of the cost-effective climate change mitigation needed between now and 2030 Learn more
Team slider image Most nations agree that nature is a major ally in the fight against climate change but policy ambition must be matched by robust targets Learn more
Team slider image Natural coastal wetlands prevented $625M property damage during Hurricane Sandy in NE USA in 2012 Learn more
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Nature-based Solutions to Global Challenges
Science • Knowledge Exchange • Action

Nature-based solutions enhance and work with natural habitats to help people adapt to the effects of change and disasters whilst slowing warming and protecting nature. This new programme of interdisciplinary research, policy advice and advocacy is aimed at getting science into policy and policy into action to increase the implementation of sustainable nature-based solutions worldwide.

Planet in crisis

Climate change and species loss are accelerating and natural disasters are becoming more frequent. Ecosystems are collapsing and agricultural land is being lost to desert. And millions of people face food or water shortages and are fleeing their homelands as conflict over dwindling natural resources intensifies.

Ambitious solutions

Leaders and scientists across the globe are starting to realise that we must work with nature to solve these related global challenges. Nature not only helps protect us from climate change impacts but stores carbon to slow warming and supports biodiversity, on which we depend.

Overcoming barriers

But high-level pledges rarely translate into action. One issue is that evidence for nature’s benefits is hard to access and difficult to understand. Meanwhile, there is low awareness in business and government of our dependency on nature. To address these issues we have established this Initiative.

Latest Evidence

The role of fish and fisheries in recovering from natural hazards: Lessons learned from Vanuatu

Coastal fisheries provide staple food and sources of livelihood in Pacific Island countries, and securing a sustainable supply is recognised ...

Eriksson H. et al., 2017

How vegetation can aid in coping with river management challenges: A brief review

New sustainable, cost-effective solutions are urgently needed for river management since conventional practices have posed serious ecological threats on streams, ...

Rowinski P.M. et al., 2018

Achieving the national development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through investment in ecological infrastructure: A case study of South Africa

Ecological infrastructure (EI) refers to ecosystems that deliver services to society, functioning as a nature-based equivalent of, or complement to, ...

Cumming T. L. et al., 2017
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