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Justifying Nature-based Solutions

Hoffman, Kate Nicole (2023) Justifying Nature-based Solutions. [Preprint]

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Nature-based solutions (NbS) have in recent years occupied a central position in conservation and climate discussions among both scientists and policy makers. NbS generally refer to a set of strategies which use nature, or natural objects, to address societal (human) issues while simultaneously supporting the broader environment. This paper examines the concept of NbS to determine whether it is a useful and well-motivated category to guide future climate and conservation efforts. I argue that NbS may in fact be a valuable contribution to environmental thought and policy, but not for the reasons that they are typically thought to be. Specifically: while we have reason to doubt that NbS should be prioritized over other environmental strategies on the grounds that they are uniquely environmentally-friendly or supportive of biodiversity, they may nevertheless have an advantage insofar as they play a vital aesthetic role in developing a healthier relationship between humans and the nonhuman world.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Hoffman, Kate Nicolehoffmakn@sas.upenn.edu
Keywords: nature-based solutions, natural, climate change, conservation, policy
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
Specific Sciences > Climate Science and Meteorology
Specific Sciences > Environmental Science
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Science and Policy
Depositing User: Kate Nicole Hoffman
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2023 22:17
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2023 22:17
Item ID: 22486
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
Specific Sciences > Climate Science and Meteorology
Specific Sciences > Environmental Science
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Science and Policy
Date: 2023
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/22486

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