"Communities within Bangladesh have been working with nature for many years to adapt to climatic impacts and there is a rich body of knowledge on how to implement Nature-based Solutions."
Tasfia Tasnim and Dr. Haseeb Md. Irfanullah have authored an article which explores how taking a nature-based pathway can bring about positive social, economic, and environmental outcomes and promote sustainable development for our society. This article has been published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) as a part of its Perspectives Series. The authors present how NbS are linked with 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) and how they can help us to progress towards sustainable development. For certain goals, there are direct links between nature and climate action (SDG 13), biodiversity conservation, ecosystems protection (SDGs 14 & 15) or water management (SDG 6). For other SDGs, there is a moderate connection with nature. For example, we can enhance our urban resilience (SDG 11) by blending built infrastructures with natural ones or adopting NbS can also contribute towards enhancing community empowerment and ensuring gender equality (SDGs 1, 2 & 5). In addition, there are opportunities to incorporate nature-based approaches in the rest of the SDGs, for example, to promote sustainable production and consumption (SDG 12) and to achieve economic growth (SDG 8).
Hence, leaders, policymakers, researchers, practitioners, and local communities need to work together to promote sustainable development for society by embracing nature. To have successful NbS on the ground, we must follow some basic principles, implement well-informed standards and protocols, and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions to design, implement, scale-up, and finance NbS by aligning our development with nature.
Read and download the paper here.