You no longer have to convince us of the power of communities and nature connection to focus on a more biodiverse society. But researchers from Wageningen Environmental Research continued their research and searched for the characteristics and mechanisms of resilience in the relationship between humans and nature.
Combating the loss of biodiversity requires the commitment of society as a whole. In addition to protecting nature by governments and nature conservation organisations, citizens also play an important role. The renewed EU biodiversity strategy therefore strives for a resilient nature in conjunction with a resilient society.
Various examples are used to describe how resilience in society can play a role in increasing resilience in nature. This will only work if government policies also become resilient. Views laid down in policy memorandums about what nature is, what nature should look like, and what procedures should be used to improve it, often do not promote resilience in society and nature. What does help is a government that is open to new knowledge, other goals and new organizational forms. In a brochure for policymakers , the insights from two long-term and extensive practical examples are translated into action perspectives for governments.
In the case of citizen participation, governments and large nature and landscape organizations ask groups of citizens to think along or participate. In a citizens’ initiative, citizens do not wait for an invitation from the government, but they try to influence the design and/or management of nature and landscape on their own initiative. In this file you will find news, backgrounds and results of research into citizens’ initiatives and citizen participation.
The research of Wageningen University & Research focuses, among other things, on the changing roles of citizens, governments and social organisations, on practices of citizen initiatives, methods and techniques of citizen participation, the role of nature, landscape or specific places in self-organization and the twilight zone between citizens’ initiatives. and citizen protest.
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