2012 Theme: Nature + Development

Nature-based solutions to economic and social development

The global economy has grown and changed significantly in recent decades. Although many measures of development such as income and life expectancy have improved, the benefits of global economic growth have been uneven. There has been a drastic rise in social inequality and environmental degradation — a direct result of the pursuit of unsustainable management of the Earth’s natural wealth.

IUCN wants to see a rapid transition to a green economy, one that recognises the fundamental dependence of human well-being on nature and the critical benefits and services it provides. Healthy ecosystems such as forests, wetlands and river basins play a major role in supporting local livelihoods as well as providing investment opportunities.

It is time for countries to act collectively to reform the economy so that it supports efforts to eliminate poverty, protect biodiversity and ecosystem services, and promotes sustainable development. IUCN calls for a re-examination of our economic indicators to identify those which can better reflect the status of human well-being. It also wants to see the full value of biodiversity and ecosystem services reflected in national accounts, private sector reporting, and decision making.

The following list contains all workshops covered by the Results team during the Forum. In order to see a full list of events linked to this theme click here

Relevant Workshops

Session Code Title
0006 How can companies assess their performance in relation to biodiversity?
0052 What role will the implementation of TEEB play in conservation efforts?
0181 Leveraging markets for conservation: Removing the roadblocks to scaling up
0318 Integrating biodiversity into supply chains
0321 Valuing ecosystems – can it help business make better decisions?
0337 The Business and Ecosystems Think Tank - Part A
0338 The Business and Ecosystems Think Tank – Part B
0349 Economic policies and sustainability at a time of crisis (CEESP official session)
0351 Business and IUCN join forces: Lessons learned from western gray whale conservation
0464 A global strategy of green growth and nature+
0560 Wiser discussion about ethical and responsible engagement with the private sector to promote change (CEESP official session)
0744 Energy, resource competition and resilient ecosystems
0747 Adopting green practices in response to oil spills in 3 regions
0752 International and national legal frameworks for logging and timber trade: In support of forest ecosystem resilience and legal prohibition of illegal timber in trade
0755 Sustaining freshwater ecosystem services in wilderness, protected areas and general use landscapes
0771 Investing in natural infrastructure as an element of green economies
0816 Low carbon green growth paradigm and urban environmental policy (KOC official session)
0820 The promotion of the World Environmental Hub as a model city in Jeju (KOC official session)
0821 Experience with environmental cooperation between ASEAN and Korea towards a sustainable green growth (KOC official session)
0823 The experience of the National Trust Act in Korea and its suggestions for developing countries (KOC official session)
0827 International River Basins as a common good: The role of the Civil Society and the Private Sector in Transboundary Water Cooperation in the Mekong River Basin
0835 The way forward after Rio+20: Greening the economy through collective action for sustainability
Images (l - r): © Intu Boedhihartono; Brigitte Schuster; Johannes Förster; IUCN Bangladesh
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