United Nations Environment Assembly agree nature-based solutions definition

10 March 2022

The 5th UN Environment Assembly concluded with 14 resolutions to strengthen actions for nature to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Among the resolutions is a multilaterally agreed definition of nature-based solutions and a call to UNEP to support the implementation of such solutions, which safeguard the rights of communities and indigenous peoples.

Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP, said: “Having a universally agreed definition of nature-based solutions is important. When countries and companies claim that their actions are supporting nature-based solutions, we can now begin to assess whether this is accurate and what it entails. This is especially true given the just-released report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on the need to scale-up adaptation, for which nature-based solutions will be crucial.”

The full resolution, nature-based solutions for supporting sustainable development, will be made available on the UNEA website soon. View the draft resolution.