Programmes Facebook Twitter Whatsapp Google Linkedin Email Biodiverse environment The role of biodiversity in society is changing. The concept of natural capital has brought us into an era where people increasingly recognize that our society actually depends on nature for its future existence. Natural capital is of central importance to the economy and people’s welfare now and in the future. It is defined as ‘the elements of nature that directly and indirect produce value or benefits to people’. An important aim for the future is to find solutions that reduce the continuing pressures on our environment and which stop the decline of biodiversity and the ongoing degradation of ecosystem functioning. The preservation and regeneration of our natural capital for future generations forms the backbone of sustainable development. Green climate solutions Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of the present time. The impact of climate change and the subsequent risk of floods, droughts and heat waves on society will only increase in the coming decades. Urgent action to combat climate change and it impacts is required by reducing greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation) as well as reducing the impact of climate change (adaptation). Metropolitan solutions In 2050, about 70% of the global population will live in cities. As a result, problems concerning sustainability and quality of life are becoming increasingly urgent for these urban areas. Wageningen wants to achieve metropolitan solutions with the aim of realising cities and metropolitan areas that – in close relationship with the surrounding rural areas – are liveable, healthy and resilient, and have circular economies. We address aspects such as heat islands, flooding, food supply, air quality, urban agriculture and liveability, as well as urban policy and urban planning. Sustainable Land Use Sustainable Land Use ensures a fair and balanced distribution of land, water, biodiversity and other environmental resources between the various competing claims, in other to secure human needs now and in the future. Sustainable Water Management The World Economic Forum 2016 has placed water-related disasters at the top of its list of global risks for the next decade. The daily impact of droughts and flooding is felt by industry, businesses, farmers and civilians around the world.