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Illustrative Narratives for Nature Futures

This paper provides an example of how the IPBES Nature Futures Framework can be used to develop scenarios.

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Nature Futures Framework was created to help create new scenarios and models that consider different perspectives on what we want the future of nature and people to look like.

In this project, experts from the IPBES task force on scenarios and models give an example of how the Nature Futures Framework can be used to create narratives that illustrate alternative positive future scenarios for nature.

The team developed six stories that focused on three current debates around sustainability transformation:
(1) land sparing vs. land sharing
(2) Half Earth vs. Whole Earth conservation, and
(3) green growth vs. post-growth economic development.

Contributed to the development and use of IPBES's Nature Future Framework

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Submitted by:

Garry Peterson

Project member

May 15, 2023

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Garry Peterson

Illustrative Narratives for Nature Futures



Durán, A.P., Kuiper, J.J., Aguiar, A.P.D. et al. Bringing the Nature Futures Framework to life: creating a set of illustrative narratives of nature futures. Sustain Sci (2023).

Catalysation of the further development of scenarios and models for future IPBES assessments

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