Promoting habitat diversity in local landscapes or seascapes increases biodiversity. It helps to create resilience to shocks and stresses, including those caused by climate change. It can also reduce the need for farmers to rely on costly or environmentally harmful external inputs.
The research in the Nature-Inclusive Transitions programme focuses on the quest for a more sustainable future through the transition to a more nature-inclusive society.
Lawrence Jones-Walters, the programme leader: “We aim to deliver a nature-inclusive approach in collaboration with other sectors. That could be the energy sector, agriculture and fisheries, the building industry or government. We shouldn’t fight against nature, but work with it.”
In this chapter two projects are highlighted to illustrate the important work of the KB-programme Nature-inclusive Transitions.
Lawrence Jones-Walters Programme leader KB-36 Nature-inclusive Transitions
Strip cropping good for the farmer, the soil and biodiversity
Lawrence Jones-Walters: “This project on strip farming has had a lot of leverage. More than six thousand people have visited the project sites. Now we are scaling up with funding from the Ministry of Agriculture. We believe that this approach to agriculture will be much more common in the future.”
The impact of a green and hopeful perspective of the future
Lawrence Jones-Walters: “NL2120 is a vision of how things could look one hundred years in the future. It encompasses the land, the coast and the sea. Many researchers from different institutes were involved, so it was a truly multidisciplinary approach.”