Nature-based solutions (NbS) are a hot topic in climate, environment and development circles. As they rise in popularity, it is increasingly important to scrutinize the narratives around the concept, its framing in policy and agenda setting, operationalization and implementation.
The authors of this brief put forward five principles that NbS should adopt to ensure just and equitable approaches:
1. Ensure that design, governance and implementation processes are inclusive and transparent.
2. Tackle root causes of marginalization, inequality and injustice at all stages.
3. Limit the creation of economic and non-economic losses, and avoid the unjust
redistribution of risks and costs.
4. Prioritize interventions for the most at-risk places and communities.
5. Devise and use valuation and measurement tools that assess social and political change and consequences.
The brief also presents a case study from a semi-informal settlement in Nakuru, Kenya, to illustrate how such principles can be integrated into nascent processes that set the stage for NbS-oriented measures to address socio-economic and environmental issues at the community level.