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Rethinking the Nature of Development

Financing Nature

Catalyzing Local Action

Working with Nature

Nature-positive Economy

Creating a Planetary Safety Net

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Redefining prosperity and growth:

The video “Rethinking the Nature of Development” presents the "doughnut economics" model. How might this approach benefit your community, and what changes would need to be made to implement it locally?

Harnessing your financial superpower:

The video “Financing nature” emphasizes that one’s financial choices could be one’s biggest superpower in the fight against climate change. What are some practical steps that individuals can take to align their financial choices with their values when it comes to supporting environmental causes? 

Local action and global impact: 

The video “Catalyzing Local Action” emphasizes that local actions can have a global impact. How can the efforts of local communities in your region create a positive ripple effect and contribute to addressing climate change and ensuring a sustainable future?

Combining traditional knowledge with modern technological solutions: 

The video “Working with Nature” underscores that technology can play an important role in addressing climate change, but technology alone isn't sufficient to achieve our climate and developmental goals. In what innovative ways can we combine traditional ecological knowledge and modern technological solutions in addressing climate change and sustainable development? Share insights from your community or region.

Transforming how we consume:

The video “Nature-Positive Economy” emphasizes that in order for us to ensure the well-being of our planet and future generations, the linear “take-make-waste” model must stop. How can we shift from a throwaway culture to a circular economy that values recycling, reusing, and minimizing waste? 

Agriculture and climate change: 

The video “Creating a Planetary Safety Net” highlights agriculture as a major contributor to climate change. In your local context, how is agriculture impacting the environment and contributing to climate change? Are there sustainable agricultural practices being implemented in your area? Share examples and discuss how they might reduce environmental impact.


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Eva

Hello NfL Hub friends, I just finished watching the thought-provoking video “Rethinking the Nature of Development,” and it has ignited some reflections I wanted to share with you all.

The video challenges us to reconsider how we measure prosperity and wellness, going beyond the traditional GDP metrics. It introduces the concept of Doughnut Economics, which integrates planetary boundaries and social foundations, creating a holistic approach to development.

In my community, adopting a Doughnut Economics model could bring about transformative changes. Here’s how:

–Development: By considering both planetary boundaries and social well-being, we can ensure that development initiatives in our community are not only economically viable but also environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive.

–Inclusive Decision-Making: The Doughnut Economics model encourages inclusive decision-making processes. This means involving diverse voices from the community in shaping policies and projects, ensuring that the benefits are equitably distributed.

I was particularly inspired by the initiatives presented at the Nature for Life Hub program this morning. The emphasis on engaging society and changing behaviors resonated with the Doughnut Economics approach. Initiatives that promote community involvement and behavior change are crucial steps toward achieving the goals of the Kunming Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework.

To implement this locally, there would need to be a shift in mindset and a collaborative effort from various stakeholders. Here are a few changes that could be considered:

–Education and Awareness Programs: Initiatives to educate the community about the Doughnut Economics model and its benefits could foster understanding and support.

–Policy Revisions: Local policies would need to be revisited and revised to align with the principles of Doughnut Economics. This might involve creating incentives for sustainable practices and businesses.

–Community Engagement Platforms: Establishing platforms for continuous community engagement ensures that everyone has a voice in the decision-making process. This could involve town hall meetings, community workshops, and online forums.

–Partnerships with Local Organizations: Collaborating with local organizations, as highlighted in the Nature for Life Hub program, can amplify the impact of initiatives. These partnerships can bring together resources, expertise, and a broader network for effective implementation.

As we strive for a more sustainable and equitable future, embracing alternative models like Doughnut Economics becomes not just an option but a necessity. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on how this approach could benefit your communities and the changes needed for its successful implementation.

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Eva

Hello everyone, Nice to reconnect again.

I wanted to kick off today’s discussion sharing my thoughts and seeking your inputs on the essential topic of transitioning towards a Nature-Positive Economy. I watched the thought-provoking video on “Nature-Positive Economy,” which underscored the urgent need to move away from the linear “take-make-waste” model if we are to ensure the well-being of our planet and future generations. It’s a timely and crucial issue that requires our collective attention. To facilitate this shift from a throwaway culture to a circular economy that values recycling, reusing, and minimizing waste, I believe we must integrate nature-based solutions and sustainable practices into our daily lives and global economic systems. It’s encouraging to see the work of so many organizations actively working on this transformation.

Id’ like to connect my thoughts to some of the points raised during this morning’s program including:

1) Nature-Based Solutions for Energy: Exploring sustainable energy sources that harmonize with nature’s processes, minimize negative impacts, and contribute to the preservation of our ecosystems.

2) Sustainable Agroforestry: Recognizing the value of agroforestry as a means to enhance agricultural productivity, sequester carbon, and support biodiversity.

3) Sustainable Agriculture- Highlighting real-world case studies like the Potato Parc in Peru, where sustainable agricultural practices are improving livelihoods and conserving biodiversity.

4) The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity: Discussing the economic aspects of nature conservation and the potential for businesses to operate in ways that benefit both the environment and their bottom line.

I would love to hear your thoughts on these topics and how we can collectively push for a Nature-Positive Economy. What are some innovative ideas or initiatives in your region or field that align with these principles? How can we encourage governments, businesses, and individuals to embrace sustainable practices? As we consider this important transition, I believe it’s crucial for us to share experiences, best practices, and insights. Together, we can build a more sustainable future for all.

Looking forward to your thoughts and ideas!

Nina Kantcheva

What an inspiring, moving Equator Prize 2023 ceremony, and congratulations to all the winners once again. Your work gives us hope! It’s important to continue opening up space for the work of Indigenous peoples and local communities to be made visible as it is these efforts that keep the forests standing, the rivers clean, and species multiplying. Our work at the UN is to ensure that these grassroots-level examples are integrated into policy. One way in which we do that is through support to community-level initiatives that help implement a country’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), the country’s plan to keep temperature rise below 1.5 C. We’ve been supporting communities in Ecuador, Colombia, Kenya and Cambodia with small grants to ensure that their work is linked to the implementation of this policy. It’s essential to scale this work to other countries and my call to action would be to donors to directly channel funds to the guardians of the forests and nature to continue contributing this invaluable service to humanity.

Eva

Thank you @Nina . Do you have more details on specifics of these countries where you are working in? Or maybe links to knowledge products to help others understand and learn from this work?

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Eva

Dear all, as I reflect on a second video that was shared today, creating a planetary safety net, the video highlights the importance of nature to our survival and well-being, and the challenges we face in protecting it, including climate change, biodiversity loss, and invasive species. However, the video also offers reasons for hope, such as the pledge to conserve 30×30 by 2030 and the growing recognition of the economic value of nature. We can create a planetary safety net to protect our planet and ensure a sustainable future for all by working together. This is very aligned with what we heard during the second part of today’s program. The videos on conservation and restoration show how we can protect and restore important ecosystems, such as forests and wetlands. The videos on wildlife conservation show how we can protect endangered and threatened species like the manatee. And the videos on alien species management show how we can control invasive species that harm our ecosystems.

I believe there are reasons for hope in the growing recognition of the importance of nature to our economy. Nature provides us with a wide range of benefits, including food, water, air purification, and recreation. These benefits are worth trillions of dollars each year. As more and more people realize the economic value of nature, there is a growing movement to put nature at the center of all economic decisions. I encourage everyone to watch the video and to learn more about the ways that they can help to protect nature. By working together, we can create a planetary safety net that will protect our planet and ensure a sustainable future for all. How are you helping create and preserve our planetary safety net? Or can you share initiatives, or stories from individuals who are?

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Eva

Dear all, as I reflect on the catalyzing local action video, and what I heard this morning, I am eager to learn how your experiences at the local level, or via supporting local and indigenous communities, have produced a national and/or global impact.

Today we heard from Grupo Ecologico Sierra Gorda’s Paty Ruiz Corzo in Mexico, a former EP winner. This group, a leader in community-based climate change mitigation and adaptation, has advanced a state-funded carbon footprint mechanism, social entrepreneurship, ecosystem restoration activities and private reserves to holistically protect the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve and promote its 638 communities’ economic and social development. Their work has informed national conversations on greater action for nature and climate and has been recognized internationally as other environmental leaders seek to learn from Paty’s work.

Similarly, the Uru Uru team’s work in Bolivia, recognized today with the Equator Prize, is not only helping clean up the local pollution in the lake and building capacities of the community, but it is also cleaning the natural habitat of a migrating species that needs a local habitat to live and prosper. Please share your thoughts on linking local action to national/global impacts!

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Ester Perez

Aligning financial choices with environmental values is an important step for individuals looking to support environmental causes and contribute to the fight against climate change. Here are some practical steps individuals can take:

1- Green Banking: Choose banks with sustainability practices and avoid those investing in fossil fuels.

2- Sustainable Investing: Opt for green stocks, ESG funds, and divest from fossil fuel-related investments.

3- Conscious Consumption: Support companies with sustainable practices and buy less to reduce your environmental footprint.

4- Energy-Efficient Choices: Invest in home energy efficiency and choose renewable energy providers.

5- Green Transportation: Use or invest in electric vehicles and support public or shared transport.

6- Community Investment: Engage in local green initiatives and support environmental crowdfunding projects.

7- Green Retirement Plans: Select green retirement funds that focus on renewable energy and avoid oil and gas.

8- Advocacy: Educate yourself on environmental finance, advocate for green options, and support eco-friendly policies.

Eva

Thank you Ester!

The video “Financing Nature” highlights some crucial points, such as the need to invest $300 billion annually by 2050 to protect and restore our planet. This amount is indeed a relatively tiny fraction in comparison to the total managed assets in the world. It underscores the fact that adequate funding for nature conservation and restoration is not only necessary but also achievable.

One of the key takeaways from this video is that our financial choices can be our most powerful tool in the fight against climate change and the destruction of nature. Here are some practical steps that individuals can take to align their financial choices with their values and support environmental causes. Some of these were also shared by Ester:

-Sustainable Banking and Investment: Individuals can choose banks and financial institutions that are committed to responsible and sustainable banking practices. Many banks are now focusing on aligning their financial decisions and investments with the goal of delivering financial returns while also protecting biodiversity. The United Nations Principles for Responsible Banking is an essential framework that encourages banks to integrate sustainability into their business strategies.

-Impact Investing: Consider allocating a portion of your investments to impact funds or companies that prioritize environmental and social impact alongside financial returns. Impact investing allows individuals to support initiatives that are directly contributing to the protection and restoration of nature.

-Green Bonds and ESG Funds: Explore investment options like green bonds and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) funds. These financial instruments are designed to fund environmentally beneficial projects and companies that adhere to sustainable and ethical practices.

-Community and Sustainable Banking: Look for local and community banks that are dedicated to supporting environmentally responsible projects and businesses in your area. They often reinvest in local sustainable initiatives.

It’s also important to mention the critical work undertaken by organizations like the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and the Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN). These organizations are instrumental in promoting responsible financial practices in the public and private spheres, aligning financial decisions with sustainability goals, and mobilizing resources for biodiversity conservation.

In conclusion, individuals can make a significant impact by making conscious financial choices that support environmental causes. By investing in sustainability and supporting responsible banking practices, we can help finance nature’s protection and restoration, ultimately contributing to a healthier planet for future generations.

Viktoriia Brezheniuk

Hello colleagues! We’re curious to hear your thoughts about the calls to action featured in the videos. This question is of a particular interest to me personally: In what innovative ways can we combine traditional ecological knowledge and modern technological solutions in addressing climate change and sustainable development? Does anyone have any examples from your context that we can learn from?

Eva

@viktoriia Yes, we can combine traditional ecological knowledge and modern technological solutions in addressing climate change and sustainable development. In fact, doing so is essential to creating a more resilient and equitable future.

Traditional ecological knowledge is the accumulated knowledge and practices of indigenous peoples and local communities developed over centuries of living in harmony with nature. And it encompasses a deep understanding of the local environment, including its plants, animals, and ecosystems. It also includes knowledge of sustainable resource management practices, such as crop rotation, agroforestry, and water conservation.

Modern technological solutions can help us to scale up and amplify the impact of this. For example, remote sensing technologies can be used to monitor environmental changes, such as deforestation and glacier melt. Artificial intelligence can be used to analyze large datasets of environmental data to identify patterns and trends. And renewable energy technologies can provide clean and sustainable energy for communities and economies.

Here are some specific examples of how traditional ecological knowledge and modern technology can be combined to address climate change and sustainable development:

Agroforestry: Traditional agroforestry practices, such as intercropping and planting trees around crops, can help to improve soil health, reduce erosion, and sequester carbon. Modern technologies, such as drones and satellite imagery, can be used to monitor the effectiveness of agroforestry practices and to identify areas where they can be implemented.
Water management: Indigenous communities have developed a wide range of traditional water management practices, such as rainwater harvesting and greywater recycling. Modern technologies, such as desalination and water purification systems, can help to make these practices more efficient and effective.
Renewable energy: Traditional renewable energy technologies, such as solar and wind power, have been used by indigenous peoples for centuries. Modern renewable energy technologies, such as solar panels and wind turbines, can help to provide clean and sustainable energy for communities and economies.
By combining, we can develop innovative and effective solutions to the challenges of climate change and sustainable development. It is important to note, however, that this must be done in a way that respects the rights and interests of indigenous peoples and local communities. This means ensuring that they are involved in all phases of project development and implementation, and that they benefit from the outcomes.