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Can nature-based solutions deliver transformative change in social-ecological systems?

23/06/2021 15:00 16:00

MRI Anniversary Lecture

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This event is the third in the MRI Anniversary Lecture Series, celebrating 20 years since the MRI Coordination Office was founded in 2001. This series aims to showcase MRI synthesis workshop research and build capacity in the mountain research community.

Invited speaker Ignacio Palomo is Laureate of the Make Our Planet Great Again (MOPGA) Research Program at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). He is based at the University of Grenoble-Alps in France. His research focuses on human-nature interactions and nature-based adaptation to climate change in mountain social-ecological systems. He is part of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and a member of the Global Young Academy (GYA).

Global sustainability targets demand transformative changes towards sustainability, but empirical studies of large datasets that assess transformative change are scarce. Through an MRI Knowledge Synthesis Workshop, we developed a framework to evaluate how Nature-based Solutions (NbS) may contribute to transformative change. The framework allows assessing what may catalyse transformative change, how transformative change occurs, and what the main outcomes are. After an application to 93 NbS from mountain social-ecological systems (SES) globally, we found that NbS are as much “people-based” as “nature-based.” Most NbS are based on four elements with transformation potential: nature’s values, knowledge types, community engagement, and nature management practices. We illustrate how the elements of our framework interact through a classification of NbS typologies. The framework provides key components for assessing the effectiveness of NbS and allows tracking long-term transformative change processes.

The framework is outlined in the journal article 'Assessing Nature-Based Solutions for Transformative Change,' which was published in One Earth in May 2021.


Date: 23 June 2021 | Time: 15:00-16:00 CEST | Location: Online

  • Welcome & Introduction | MRI
  • Can nature-based solutions deliver transformative change in social-ecological systems? | Ignacio Palomo, University of Grenoble-Alps
  • Q&A 

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In order to participate, please complete the registration form below before 21 June 2021. Registrants will receive a Zoom webinar link and passcode prior to the lecture. 

Please note that spaces for this event are limited, and you may be placed on a waiting list if registration capacity is exceeded. For any questions, please contact the MRI at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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