Human Development and Planetary Health:The Role of Nature-based Solutions

Human development and biodiversity are inextricably linked. The degradation of our environment,
coupled with significant declines in biodiversity, is very much a human development
problem. Meanwhile many of the threats to biodiversity, from habitat destruction, ecosystem
degradation to climate change, are a direct result of economic or social 'development'.

In other words, there are key linkages, in both directions, between human development
and biodiversity loss and it makes no sense to consider human development or natural systems in
isolation. This guidance note will provide advice on how national human development reports can
help countries to identify and develop nature-based solutions for human development.