How a UN Agency Spearheads Transforming the Lives Through Nature-Based Initiatives

So-called “nature-based solutions” are an important element in tackling the climate crisis, but they also play a major role in addressing other challenges, from food security to health, and sustainable development.

The UN agricultural development agency, IFAD, supports many nature-based initiatives around the world that are helping small-scale farmers to adapt to the changing climate, building their resilience to shocks, and transforming people’s lives in the countryside.

These range from pasture rotation in Tajikistan, which is preventing over-grazing; mangrove reforestation in the Gambia, which strengthens the local ecosystem and enhances biodiversity; and a soil fertility project in Laos which is increasing food production for the community.

The nature-based solution is a concept that highlights the fact that people can proactively protect, manage or restore natural ecosystems, while significantly contributing to addressing six major challenges: climate change, food security, water security, human health, disaster risk, and social and economic development.

IFAD has an important role to play through projects it supports, working with small-scale producers to help them adapt and build their resilience to shocks. Here are some examples of how nature-based solutions are transforming lives.

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After a day at pasture, shepherds in Tajikistan lead their cattle back to their village. In order to prevent the overgrazing of land, they follow a pasture rotation plan. Controlling where and when livestock graze favours more plant growth and a larger diversity of vegetation, soil conservation and improvement and enhancement of biodiversity.

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