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Commentary/Imagine all the people – a resilient future in 2050

The year is 2050, world population has reached 10 billion and the vast majority of people live in cities. The biosphere – for decades under catastrophic pressure – experienced a turn of fortune in 2030, when the sustainable development goals were declared a success. Climate change was halted below 2 degrees. Ecosystem restoration and protection secured degrading ecosystem services and coastlines. Investments in agriculture created resilient supply chains, and financial innovations placed resources in the hands of local communities. The tide was turned.

WRITTEN BY Marika Haeggman
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Commentary/Finding Somalia’s missing fisheries

For decades, Somalia has faced recurring famines and food crises resulting from droughts, poor government policies, or inaction amid civil war. Could the country’s fisheries become a beacon of hope for food security and poverty alleviation, despite piracy and poaching revealed by a recent reassessment of fish catches?

WRITTEN BY Lo Persson & Ida Karlsson
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Commentary/Forest communities find new ways to tackle future agricultural challenges

The Majang people in Ethiopia are facing challenges that resonate through the country’s food production system. Via a mapping exercise, they visualise differences between where development is heading and where the community wants to go, with lessons for agricultural development on a national level.

WRITTEN BY Marika Haeggman
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Feature/Taming the genie in the forest of the devil’s trees

Exports of argan oil from the forests of Morocco have boomed in the past two decades. But what impact has this had on the forests and the local communities who value them?

WRITTEN BY Lucas Laursen
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Commentary/What causes abrupt changes in ecosystems?

Large and abrupt changes in forests, coral reefs, and Arctic sea ice are generally driven by climate change, food production, and urbanisation. Managing their causes can reduce the occurrence of these shifts around the world and ensure the well-being of local communities.

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Commentary/On the move: migration can contribute to sustainable economic development

Migration is often demonised by the media and politicians but the benefits can outweigh the drawbacks with good governance. Globally, migration is at an all-time high; we discuss how migration can generate surprising gains in support of sustainable development.

WRITTEN BY Lori Hunter, Clara Brandi, John Connell, Kathleen Hermans, Jens Newig & Mark Stafford Smith
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Feature/Vil ki pa gen kanalizasyon pou matyè fekal

Kote bon jan asenisman pa rive, ansyèn pratik melanje ak nouvo teknik syantifik ka rive fè matyè fekal moun retounen nan latè ak anpil avantaj pou anviwonman ak degi. Gen yon pwojè an Ayiti ki pran devan nan vil ki pa gen sistèm kanalizasyon pou trete matyè fekal yo.

WRITTEN BY Chelsea Wald
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Commentary/Collaboration strengthens Mexican fisheries

Why do some fishing cooperatives co-manage better than others? Small-scale fishers work with researchers in a new initiative that has the potential to transform the entire fishing sector in Mexico.

WRITTEN BY Samantha Huff, Xavier Basurto, Mateja Nenadovic, Amy Hudson Weaver & María José Espinosa Romero
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Commentary/Five ways the finance community engages with natural capital

Over the past decade, green finance has been embraced as a key to the future of sustainable development. Banks, corporations, states, and other financial actors are attracted to this new economic sector, but what are the risks and opportunities? And what’s new?

WRITTEN BY Amar Causevic
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Feature/Mongolian slums offer lessons for tomorrow’s sustainable cities

The ger district on the outskirts of Ulaanbaatar expands as more people move from rural areas in search of a better life. Booming urbanisation is poised to put a strain on shared resources, but a combination of local and global knowledge may be key to tackling this.

WRITTEN BY Lou Del Bello