PBL launches new digital experience on the potential of landscape restoration to address global sustainability challenges
Nature-based solutions (NbS) include land restoration actions such as agroforestry, grassland and grazing management, conservation agriculture, etc. that help to protect, restore and/or sustainably manage ecosystems. NbS are now receiving increased attention in the policy space owing to their potential to deliver a multitude of environmental and human well-being benefits and thereby help address many global sustainable development challenges simultaneously.
PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency has launched a new platform and digital experience bringing to life the results of a recent global land-use scenarios study, which also serves as a central component of the Global Land Outlook report (2nd edition).
Scenarios and computer models help to understand how global, long-term environmental change and sustainability problems that are driven by human activities develop over time. By showcasing the three global land-use scenarios up unto 2050 that are detailed in the study (business-as-usual scenario, restoration scenario and restoration & protection scenario), the platform highlights the importance and potential of the application of landscape restoration measures in tackling land degradation challenges including water scarcity, biodiversity loss and climate change challenges. The intention is to inspire decision-makers to take action and start applying NbS in their countries and regions towards the restoration of degraded land which can help to safeguard natural resources, boost agricultural productivity and mitigate climate change.
The platform bridges the gap between global scenarios and local realities, with the aim to both inspire and inform decision makers about the potential of nature-based solutions and restoration. By linking PBL’s global scenario work on restoration, conservation, sustainable use and management of natural resources with concrete local examples of nature-based solutions and restoration in practice, this website showcases how global sustainability goals can be connected to local level action. The IMAGE and GLOBIO models are applied for this purpose.