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Exploring desirable nature futures for National Park Hollandse Duinen
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  • Jan Kuiper,
  • Dianneke van Wijk,
  • Wolf M. Mooij,
  • Roy P. Remme,
  • Garry D. Peterson,
  • Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen,
  • Charlotte J. Mooij,
  • Georgette M. Leltz,
  • Laura M. Pereira
Jan Kuiper
Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University

Corresponding Author:jan.kuiper@su.se

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Dianneke van Wijk
Wageningen University
Wolf M. Mooij
Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW)
Roy P. Remme
Natural Capital Project, Stanford University
Garry D. Peterson
Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University
Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen
Wageningen University
Charlotte J. Mooij
Krom Boomssloot, Amsterdam
Georgette M. Leltz
Nationaal Park Hollandse Duinen
Laura M. Pereira
Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University


Achieving global sustainability goals requires most people and societies to fundamentally alter their relationship with nature. New approaches are called for to guide change processes towards sustainable futures that embrace the plurality of people’s perspectives on nature. This paper presents a novel approach to exploring desirable futures for nature and people that was developed through an application in National Park Hollandse Duinen in the Netherlands. This new national park is developed bottom-up by a diverse group of actors reshaping their interactions with each other and with nature. Our approach, co-designed with key stakeholders of the national park, engages with a new pluralistic framework for nature values presented by the IPBES task force on scenarios and models to catalyze the development of nature-centered scenarios. We integrated this Nature Futures Framework with the Three Horizons Framework in a participatory workshop process designed to bring people’s diverse relationships with nature to the fore, and jointly envision desirable futures and the pathways to get there. An analytical framework is used to analyze and compare the visions and assess their potential contribution to the SDGs. We summarize the results of the application in National Park Hollandse Duinen and reflect on lessons learned. We see much potential for this values-based futures approach to support change processes in various social-ecological contexts toward more sustainable futures for nature and people.
31 Dec 2022Published in Ecosystems and People volume 18 issue 1 on pages 329-347. 10.1080/26395916.2022.2065360