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Together With Nature

As leaders in science, conservation, restoration, development, and business, we are united in our support of the four Together With Nature Principles for nature-based solutions to responsibly tackle the climate crisis, restore biodiversity, and benefit planetary health and human wellbeing.

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"People, planet and economy: inextricably interlinked. When all three are healthy, all three are strong. Companies, investors and governments can regenerate our health, our economy and the planet by halving global emissions in the next decade and restoring and conserving nature at the same time. This is not an either/or. I urge everyone to embed these principles into the core of their strategic plans and actions so we can deliver a healthier future fit for everyone."

Christiana Figueres

Co-founder of Global Optimism, co-author of "The Future We Choose" and co-host of the podcast "Outrage & Optimism"
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"These past few months have been a tragic reminder that our economic and physical health depend on the health of our planet. It is clear that we must protect nature, and nature-based solutions are a critical part of these efforts. They make our ecosystems more diverse, our economies more sustainable, and our communities more resilient. These principles go a long way in building consensus towards the imperative to invest in and implement these solutions as we plan our recovery from this pandemic."

Dr. M. Sanjayan

CEO of Conservation International
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"As the world embraces the power of nature based solutions to help fight climate change and biodiversity loss, we need to build this global movement in a socially and ecologically responsible way. There has never been a more important time to build consensus on the core principles of responsible restoration."

Prof. Dr. Thomas Crowther

Crowther Lab, ETH Zurich
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"The Covid-19 pandemic has elevated our search for pathways to a sustainable future of thriving communities, dynamic economies and healthy lands and waters. In this search, nature-based solutions are fundamental to addressing climate change, protecting coastal communities from storms, sustaining clean water for communities and so much more. Nature is not just a nice-to-have; it is essential."

Sally Jewell

former CEO of The Nature Conservancy
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"Nature-based solutions are essential for a healthy and stable climate, but also for healthy people and biodiversity. Embracing these principles will leverage the maximum benefit out of each tree and acre, pairing natural carbon capture with other benefits like clean air and rare habitats."

Jad Daley

President & CEO of American Forests
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"If there's one thing we've learned from the COVID-19 crisis it's that we cannot go on ignoring the harmful repercussions of an unhealthy planet. Biodiversity loss and climate change exacerbate each other, and both contribute to the rise of pandemics. We face not a single threat, but a series of crises that undermine our planetary stability and human health and livelihoods. Nature-based solutions must be at the centre of our collective response to these challenges as we seek to build back better for our people and planet."

Paul Polman

Co-founder and Chair of IMAGINE
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"Nature-Based Solutions provide no-regrets options that complement and strengthen more conventional problem-solving interventions, making them relevant across intact landscapes, agricultural land and modern cities. The values and benefits they deliver do not depreciate over time but are expanded and enhanced. They are well placed to contribute to the just and equitable transition required for a safe and sustainable low-carbon future."

Stewart Maginnis

Global Director, Nature Based Solutions Group, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

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Cut Emissions

Nature-Based Solutions are powerful tools to capture carbon from the atmosphere, but they are not a substitute for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. From a climate change perspective, we must rapidly cut fossil fuel emissions, decarbonize economies and also maintain, sustainably manage and restore ecosystems.

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Conserve & Protect Existing Ecosystems

Intact soils, forests, grasslands, shrublands, wetlands and aquatic ecosystems are vital repositories of carbon and biodiversity. Yet, we are losing them at an alarming rate. Protecting these last remaining strongholds of nature is critical.

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BE SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE

We must fully engage Indigenous peoples and local communities and respect and uphold their rights and leadership. We must also proactively contribute to fair and sustainable economic models that create new employment opportunities while avoiding competition with existing activities such as food production. Only when local communities benefit from the social, economic and ecological benefits that ecosystems provide can restoration be sustainable.

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BE ECOLOGICALLY RESPONSIBLE

Nature-Based Solutions must be founded on rigorous ecological principles. Biodiversity is vital for healthy ecosystems which are more productive, resilient and beneficial. Diverse mixtures of native species are most likely to provide desired benefits such as carbon storage, food production, and protection from floods, drought and disease. Monocultures of exotic species or low-diversity plantations are unlikely to provide these desired benefits.

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88+ Civil Society Experts

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Christiana Figueres

Co-founder of Global Optimism, co-author of "The Future We Choose" and co-host of the podcast "Outrage & Optimism"
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Prof. Dr. Thomas Crowther

Crowther Lab, ETH Zurich
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M. Sanjayan

CEO, Conservation International
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Stewart Maginnis

Global Director, Nature Based Solutions Group, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
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Justin Adams

Director of 1t.org and Executive Director of Tropical Forest Alliance
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Jad Daley

CEO, American Forests
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Paul Simpson

CEO, CDP
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Dr. María Mendiluce

CEO, We Mean Business Coalition
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Eva Zabey

Executive Director, Business for Nature
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Eva Zabey

Executive Director, Business for Nature
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Sally Jewell

former CEO, The Nature Conservancy
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Andrew Steer

President and CEO, World Resources Institute (WRI)
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Diane Holdorf

Managing Director Food & Nature, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
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Fiona Reynolds

CEO, Principles for Responsible Investing (PRI)
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Halla Tómasdóttir

CEO, B Team
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Aron Cramer

President and CEO, BSR
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Manuel Pulgar Vidal

Climate & Energy Global Leader, WWF International
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Cristián Samper

President and CEO, Wildlife Conservation Society
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Jules Kortenhorst

CEO, Rocky Mountain Institute
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Mark Gough

CEO, Capitals Coalition
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Sandrine Dixon

Co President, The Club of Rome
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Eliot Whittington

Director, Corporate Leaders Group
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Paul Polman

Co-founder and Chair, IMAGINE
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Melanie Heath

Director of Science, Policy & Information, Birdlife International
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Prof. Dr. Nina Buchmann

Head of Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zurich
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Gabriel Baracatt Sabat

CEO, Avina Fundacion
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Dr. Bruno Hérault

Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD) and Global Forest Biodiversity Initiative (GFBI) Steering Committee
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Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

Chair of Nia Tero and former UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
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Dr. Diana H. Wall

Professor, Colorado State University and Scientific Chair, Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative
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Willem Ferwerda

CEO, Commonland
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Maas Goote

CEO, DOB Ecology
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Dr. Paula Ehrlich

President and CEO, E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation and Half-Earth Project Lead
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Dr. Gunhild Stordhalen

Founder & Executive Chair, EAT Forum
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Dr. Stephen Fitch

Founder and CEO, Eden Reforestation Projects
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Ana Cristina Moeri

President, Ekos Brasil
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Dr. Andrew Norton

Director, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
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Manuel Rodríguez-Becerra

Emeritus Professor, Universidad de los Andes and President, National Environmental Forum (Colombia)
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Jeremy Oppenheim

Global Principal, Food and Land Use Coalition
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Prof. Thomas Lovejoy

George Mason University
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Dr. Nicolas Picard

GIP Ecofor and Global Forest Biodiversity Initiative (GFBI) Steering Committee
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Tomás Insua

Executive Director, Global Climate Catholic Movement
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Dr. Javier G. P. Gamarra

Global Forest Biodiversity Initiative (GFBI) Steering Committee
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Dr. Susan Wiser

Global Forest Biodiversity Initiative (GFBI) Steering Committee
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Achala C. Abeysinghe

Country Representative in Papua New Guinea, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
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Musonda Mumba

Chair, Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration
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Nick Stern

Chair, Grantham Institute for Climate Change & Environment
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Martin Siegert

Co-Director, Grantham Institute for Climate Change & Environment
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Prof. Joanna Haigh

Distinguished Research Fellow, Emeritus Professor of Atmospheric Physics, Grantham Institute for Climate Change & Environment
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Pablo Lloret

CEO, Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano
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Julia Jackson

Founder, Grounded.org
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Prof. Gail Whiteman

Lancaster University and Exeter University
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Tom Lytton-Dickie

Founder & CEO, Meaningful Business
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Dr. Mirjam Knörnschild

Museum für Naturkunde Berlin
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Nicolas Fanin

National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE)
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Lucy Almond

Chair, Nature 4 Climate
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Peter Seligmann

CEO, Nia Tero
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Felix Finkbeiner

Chairman, Plant for the Planet
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Dr. Mo Zhou

Purdue University and Global Forest Biodiversity Initiative (GFBI) Steering Committee
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Dr. Jingjing Liang

Purdue University and Global Forest Biodiversity Initiative (GFBI) Steering Committee
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Pedro Tarak

Co Founder & Global Bridge Builder, Sistema B
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Jose Ignacio Morejon

Co-founder and Executive Director, Sistema B Ecuador
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Owen Gaffney

Stockholm Resilience Centre, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Global Commons Alliance
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Prof. Dr. Hans Pretzsch

Technische Universität München and Global Forest Biodiversity Initiative (GFBI) Steering Committee
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Martin Harper

Global Conservation Director, The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
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Dr. Alain Paquette

Université du Québec à Montréal and Global Forest Biodiversity Initiative (GFBI) Steering Committee
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Prof. Gabriele Hegerl

University of Edinburgh
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Dr. Jean Francois Bastin

University of Gent and Global Forest Biodiversity Initiative (GFBI) Steering Committee
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Prof. Piers Forster

Director of Priestley International Centre for Climate, University of Leeds
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Prof. Dominick Spracklen

University of Leeds
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Dr. Cat Scott

University of Leeds
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Prof. Dr. Sergio de-Miguel

University of Lleida, Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia (CTFC) and Global Forest Biodiversity Initiative (GFBI) Steering Committee
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Prof. Peter Reich

University of Minnesota, Western Sydney University, and Global Forest Biodiversity Initiative (GFBI) Steering Committee
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Prof. Nathalie Seddon

Nature-based Solutions Initiative, University of Oxford
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Robin Chazdon

University of the Sunshine Coast
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Dr. Giorgio Alberti

University of Udine and Global Forest Biodiversity Initiative (GFBI) Steering Committee
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Dr. Gert-Jan Nabuurs

Wageningen University and Research (WUR) and Global Forest Biodiversity Initiative (GFBI) Steering Committee
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Marie-Noelle Keijzer

CEO and co-founder, WeForest
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Bas de Leeuw

Managing Director, World Resources Forum
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Walter Jetz

Yale University, Scientific Chair of E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation and lead, Half-Earth Project Map
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Yolanda Kakabadse

Former President, WWF & IUCN
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M. Cecilia Wey de Brito

Former National Secretary of Biodiversity and Forests & former CEO of WWF-Brazil
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Helena Lindemark

Founder & President, 2022 Initiative Foundation
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Dr. Lance Morgan

President, Marine Conservation Institute
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Nicole Rycroft

Founder and Executive Director, Canopy
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Michael Mathres

Director, Climate Rocks
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Florent Kaiser

Executive Director, Global Forest Generation
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Fabian Dattner

CEO, Homeward Bound Projects
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Anis Ibrahim

Program & Partnership Director, SASAL
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Susan Bengtson Ash

President, The Jacob Bengtson Fund

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