ALTER-Net Policy brief embraces perspective-based approach

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A new Policy brief by ALTER-Net embraces the perspective-based approach to nature policies of the Nature Outlook project by PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. The brief concludes that considering multiple values, including relational values, is essential for achieving a sustainable society and economy. Capitalisation of nature may neglect these relational values of nature with people.

At the 2017 international ALTER-Net conference ‘Nature and Society: Synergies, Conflicts, Trade-offs’, held in May 2017 in Ghent, three PBL researchers presented key results from the Nature Outlook project. ALTER-Net has now published a Policy brief, which presents the main findings of this conference.

The Policy brief also shows that synergies between nature and society are possible and argues for European institutions to facilitate these synergies by offering a coherent framework with shared aims and objectives while maintaining flexibility for locally adapted implementation. The UN Sustainable Development Goals offer such a framework.

Furthermore, as evidence and a good knowledge base are essential to support decisions society and to raise societal awareness, the policy brief states that interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary science, through integrated stakeholder participation, is required when identifying, designing and implementing tailored solutions that offer multiple benefits.

ALTER-Net is a network of partner institutes from 18 European countries, integrating research capacity on biodiversity and ecosystems. PBL is member of ALTER-Net.