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|Title:||Nature-based solutions for Europe’s sustainable development|
|Authors:||MAES JOACHIM; JACOBS Sander|
|Citation:||CONSERVATION LETTERS vol. 10 no. 1 p. 121-124|
|Type:||Articles in periodicals and books|
|Abstract:||Pursuing economic targets of job creation, growth and innovation while tackling global environmental challenges has long been seen as impossible. However, any long-term economic competitiveness and security depends on the extent to which natural resources are used sustainably. Therefore, the European Union is investing in nature-based solutions to achieve this double goal. The difference between the prevailing economic model and a sustainable resource use has long seemed insurmountable. While many debates are paralyzed or radicalized, nature-based solutions could offer a transition path with realistic, incremental steps towards a sustainable economy as envisaged by the EU Horizon 2020 vision. This paper outlines the basics of a nature-based scenario for Europe, and proposes criteria to focus, guide and evaluate the implementation of nature-based solutions, geared at production of wide socio-economic benefits, provision of jobs, and low-carbon technology innovations.|
|JRC Directorate:||Sustainable Resources|
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