Our work on community action recognises that many communities feel disconnected from biodiversity renewal activities and its benefits. We will co-design effective and fair programmes, and leverage existing programmes, to increase beneficial place-based engagement.
Individuals have the greatest effect on renewal when acting together with others. Collective action by people in communities of place and of interest can unlock effective and fair biodiversity renewal. This theme will work to identify and put into practice strategies to accelerate nature-positive collective action at the community level from urban to rural areas. This will include work to understand how identity and cultural norms inform the value communities place on biodiversity and its renewal, as well as examine ways to reduce environmental injustices suffered by communities who can be nature-marginalised by institutions and norms – renewal must be fair and equitable for all. We will work with communities to help identify how community dynamics can encourage renewal, e.g. by utilising social tipping points. Overall, the insights learnt, and applied through our partnerships, will help improve the effectiveness of future renewal programmes.