IPBES Nature Futures Framework workshop


Laura Pereira: Centre for Complex Systems in Transition, Stellenbosch University

Kristi Maciejewski: Centre for Complex Systems in Transition, Stellenbosch University

Juliano Palacios-Abrantes: Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, The University of British Columbia


This workshop will elicit input from expert stakeholders across relevant disciplines in order to elaborate the IPBES Nature Futures framework (NFF). The NFF offers a heuristic tool that encapsulates three positive values of nature that can be used to frame desirable future

Since 2016, the IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) expert group on models and scenarios has embarked on a process to develop multi-scale scenarios for nature that go beyond the current shared socio-economic pathways that are used for climate change analyses, in order to capture the diverse values and relationships that people across the world have with nature. One of the main aims of this process is to better account for multiple value framings, cross-scale dynamics and social-ecological feedbacks so as to be able to provide useful information for the post 2020 CBD agenda. Following the creation of 7 positive visions for nature during a global participatory workshop held in Auckland in September 2017, the expert group developed a heuristic framework call the Nature Futures Framework (NFF). The NFF consists of a triangle with three positive values of nature at each vertex: the value of nature for society (e.g. ecosystem services), the value of nature for nature’s self (e.g. deep oceans) and the value of nature as culture (e.g. Pachamama). As part of the continued development of the framework, especially for it to be utilised in models, the expert group is now embarking on a process to elicit expert opinion to flesh out the NFF, and in particular to identify indicators that could be used to identify each value. This half-day workshop will consist of a presentation of the NFF, followed by a process whereby participants will break into smaller groups to brainstorm around what the different values could look like from the contexts within which they work, before returning to plenary for a group discussion.

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