[PCA] New Report on Investing in Nature-Based Solutions & Tips for engaging stakeholders

Mccormick, Molly L mmccormick at usgs.gov
Mon Jun 7 13:56:30 CDT 2021

Investing in nature for development: do nature-based interventions deliver local development outcomes?
- New report from International Institute for Environment & Development. This report considers a wide range of interventions and a wide range of development outcomes — positive and negative. Focusing specifically on poorer (low- and lower-middle income) countries, it explores documented evidence that ‘nature-based interventions’ or ‘investments in nature’ (including protection, management, restoration, and harnessing nature for food production), can deliver tangible development outcomes for local people, including jobs, food security, empowerment, as well as resilience to climate change.

Link to the report: 20206iied_0.pdf<https://pubs.iied.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/2021-06/20206iied_0.pdf>

Some take-aways:
‘Nature-based solutions’ (NbS) is a term used to describe interventions intended to benefit people by protecting, managing or restoring nature. Although originally envisaged as providing ‘solutions’ to climate change challenges, the term is increasingly used to describe how investments in nature can deliver other developmental priorities including food security, water security, human health, and social and economic development. (Pg 12)

Six key recommendations for policy and practice:

  *   Recognize the development opportunities offered by investing in nature and the development risks of biodiversity loss
  *   Ensure that investments in nature are designed, implemented, and managed with full and active participation by local people, and that local power dynamics are factored in
  *   Ensure local people’s rights are recognized and respected
  *   Ensure social safeguards are in place
  *   Support upscaling of well-designed investments in nature that generate benefits for people and nature
  *   Implement the commitments in the Leaders’ Pledge for Nature

On that note, check out a recently published paper that I had the pleasure to co-author on the topic of engaging stakeholders. It has some helpful tips.
Sharing knowledge to improve ecological restoration outcomes (usgs.gov)<https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/70220295>
Citation: Gornish, E.S., McCormick, M., Begay, M., and Nsikani, M.M., 2021, Sharing knowledge to improve ecological restoration outcomes: Restoration Ecology

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