The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing us all to re-think the status quo, opening the door for sustained investments in nature and Nature-based Solutions (NbS) to be part of the recovery. Investing in nature has immediate and long-term benefits for economic development and stability, community health and well-being as well as climate change resilience and biodiversity conservation. A nature-based recovery can also build the foundation for reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
IUCN’s goals for a nature-based recovery
IUCN’s ambition for the IUCN Nature-based Recovery initiative is to ensure that governments direct at the very least 10% of overall investments to nature and that economic investment post-COVID does no additional harm to nature and livelihoods.
Throughout 2021 and into 2022, IUCN will focus on three interlinked and complementary areas to help governments invest in a green, nature-based post-COVID recovery:
- Expanding and sharing our understanding of the role of nature and Nature-based Solutions (NbS) in recovery;
- Assessing financial investments in recovery packages and how they can be driven to become greener and nature-positive ; and
- Inviting and engaging with IUCN Members & partners to elevate the case for a nature-based recovery.
These reports consist of technical analyses for the Nature-based Recovery Initiative.