Integrating justice in Nature-Based Solutions to avoid nature-enabled dispossession

Isabelle Anguelovski*, Esteve Corbera

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Heavily featured over the last few years in global research and policy agreements, Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) remain however exposed to much debate over the ways their current design and ability to achieve both environmental goals and social needs. As they become mainstream climate mitigation and adaptation options, their capacity to deliver expected benefits, especially when contemplating equity and justice, is at least uncertain. Through a critical review of existing debates and perspectives on NBS, this paper questions their uptake and points at the frequent embeddedness of NBS in speculative and elite-based development paths in both urban and rural areas. We present an alternative, justice-oriented approach to NBS so that projects can avoid nature-enable dispossession and instead build nature-inspired justice that prioritizes the needs, identities, and livelihoods of the most ecologically and socially vulnerable residents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-53
Number of pages9
Issue number1
Early online date24 Aug 2022
Publication statusPublished - 24 Aug 2022


  • Climate adaptation policy
  • Climate justice
  • Climate mitigation policy
  • Conservation
  • Land rights
  • Privatized nature


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