How can we ensure biodiversity protection in development?

11 ideas  •  46 participants

Challenge Description: 

Biodiversity conservation is directly addressed in 3 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. Without biodiversity, there can be no sustainable development because healthy ecosystems also support the achievement of human development and help secure human health improvements, livelihoods, food and energy security over the long term. However, while most international aid agencies have incorporated policies targeting biodiversity outcomes into their development partnership activities, short-term human development progress is driven by other, more visible factors like intensive food production, economic growth or market and infrastructure development. How can human development be achieved without sacrificing biodiversity at the same time? How can we manage trade-offs between biodiversity conservation and short-term development needs? Should the focus of action be on overhauling development assistance programs in particular, or on other related policies such as foreign direct investments, tourism, infrastructure, or bi-/multilateral cooperation?

Share your ideas, make a difference! 

  • Cut: Share your ideas until October 31st, 2018.

  • Mix: Refine your ideas, incorporate feedback and consolidate teams until November 14th.

  • Fry: Mobilise votes until November 21st. The crowd decides which 5 ideas will be reviewed by the high-level jury (Policy Kitchen reserves a wildcard for especially promising ones). All of these ideas will be published to the foraus blog audience. Then, by December 5th, a high-level jury selects the best idea per challenge.

  • Simmer: The winning ideas will be developed into full Policy Recipes with the support of experts until March 2019.

  • Serve: Policy Kitchen puts your Policy Recipes on center stage by serving them to decision-makers and the public through impact events and media work. Your ideas deserve to be heard!

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