x
LATEST ARTICLE Overcoming sustainability challenges: practical solutions for your business Read Article

20 Million new jobs possible through nature-based solutions, according to UN report

Investment in nature-based solutions could create up to 20 million new jobs worldwide, particularly in rural areas, according to a report by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The report, titled Decent Work in Nature-based Solutions, was launched at the UN's Biodiversity Conference, COP15, in Montreal. Nature-based solutions are actions that protect, restore, and sustainably use natural ecosystems to address social, economic, and environmental challenges while also providing human wellbeing, resilience, and biodiversity benefits.

20 million new jobs possible through nature-based solutions, according to a UN report_visual 1Farmer wrapping a protective net around an apple tree at an organic farm.

Currently, approximately 75 million people are already employed in the nature-based solutions sector, with the majority living in Asia, the Pacific islands, and lower-middle-income countries. However, many of these jobs are part-time, and the report estimates that there are around 14.5 million full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs. The report also highlights that measuring nature-based solution employment is challenging, and the figures do not capture potential job losses or displacements during nature-based solution implementation.

The report calls for a just transition, ensuring that the greening of the economy through nature-based solutions is fair and inclusive and leaves no one behind. It emphasises the need to meet the ILO's standards for green jobs, which require jobs to be in the environmental sector and aligned with international and national labour standards and decent work principles.

Learn more about how DGB empowers local communities through its projects

The report recommends implementing Just Transition policies, including support for nature-based solution enterprises and cooperatives, skills development, job preparation measures, mainstreaming nature-based solutions in university curricula, and policies that uphold core labour standards. The recently launched Green Jobs for Youth Pact by the ILO and UNEP, aiming to create one million new green jobs, will work towards realising these recommendations on the ground.

Furthermore, the report highlights the need for Just Transition policies to mitigate the risks to jobs and livelihoods during the transition to more sustainable practices, especially in cases where current jobs involve unsustainable uses of nature. These policies could include job placement services, public employment programmes, re-employment training, access to unemployment benefits, early retirement, and payment for ecosystem services programmes.

Investing in nature-based solutions and implementing Just Transition policies could significantly boost employment opportunities, particularly in rural areas, while addressing major societal challenges such as disaster risk and food and water insecurity, the report concludes.

As a company dedicated to large-scale reforestation projects, DGB Group is committed to promoting a healthy labour market within our sector. With the increasing awareness of the importance of nature-based solutions and the growing global nature-based solution demand, we are confident that this market will continue to flourish. Our unwavering trust in the potential of reforestation as a sustainable solution for environmental restoration and the creation of jobs underscores our commitment to not only to protect the planet but also support local economies through meaningful employment opportunities. Together, we can contribute to a greener future while fostering a robust labour market in our sector.

Get in touch with our experts

Before you go...

As DGB Group, our sole purpose is to rebuild trust and serve the public by making the right information available to everyone. By subscribing to our mailing newsletter, you can get the latest tips and trends from DGB Group's expert team in your inbox. Sign up now and never miss the insights.

Read other news

Microsoft has made a significant move to bolster its carbon neutrality efforts by acquiring over 970..

Engie, a leading power company in Europe, has pre-ordered 5 million tonnes of nature-based carbon re..

Airlines are set to invest $600 million in carbon offset credits in 2024, according to the Internati..

The Integrity Council for the Voluntary Carbon Market (ICVCM) has greenlit seven carbon crediting me..

Let’s get to know you

Let's talk about how we can create value together for your sustainability journey.