INBO publication: Nature Outlook 2050

Society is increasingly experiencing the impact of the ongoing loss of biological diversity. The UN Global Biodiversity Assessment acknowledges biodiversity to be Earth's natural life support system. If we want to preserve biodiversity and its contributions to human society for the next generations, we need not only to look forward but also to act now.

That’s why the Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) released the Nature Outlook 2050, the third and final part of the Flanders Regional Ecosystem Assessment.

Report 2014 The first volume (2014 - State & Trends) assessed the status and trend of ecosystems and their services in Flanders. It showed that for most ecosystem services the demand exceeds its supply and that this gap is increasing.
Report 2016 The second volume (2016 - Policy) demonstrated how policymakers and stakeholders can pay more attention to ecosystem services in their decision making process.
Report 2018 The Nature Outlook 2050 (2018 - Scenarios) analyses four alternative pathways to extend and improve our green infrastructure. This could help to halt biodiversity loss while at the same time help to address some other major challenges society is facing, such as climate change, safeguarding food security and ensuring a healthy living and working environment. As these challenges are strongly entwined with solutions to address them, they need to be developed via integrated policy processes that bridge institutional divides between sectors and layers of government. The four scenarios emerge from very different perspectives on nature living in society. When engaging in nature conservation projects in the field, it is important to take these different perspectives into account. They may create tensions, but it can also help to open up polarized debates. It can even result in innovative synergies and forge new coalitions of stakeholders.

We want to place the Nature Outlook 2050 and the Flanders Regional Ecosystem Assessment in the spotlight as a pluralistic approach to value and restore biodiversity, both for its own sake and for our own welfare and well-being.