On 18 January 2023, Mongabay, an environmental science and conservation news platform, published an article examining the concept of nature-based solutions. It includes expert comments by UNU-IAS expert Suneetha Subramanian (Research Fellow). The article highlights the need to put biodiversity and human rights safeguards at the core of successful nature-based solutions.
Suneetha M. Subramanian, a coordinating lead author on various assessments of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), told Mongabay-India that “vigilance would need to be exercised.”
“It is possible to misrepresent actions that may not be biodiversity friendly as complying with nature-based solutions. For example, promoting monocropping or single species plantation forestry can be marked as afforestation but may create more … ecological and socio-cultural [harm],” said Subramanian, a research fellow at United Nations University’s Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability.
The full article is available on the Mongabay website.