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For much of 2019, news broadcasts and social media have been filled with unsettling images of forests engulfed in flames, leaving behind charred, dead landscapes, destroyed homes and displaced people.A sustainable future for our planet and its people will be achieved only if decision-makers understand and account for this value pluralism.As the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) points out in its recent Global Assessment Report, "Nature is essential for human existence and good quality of life". Yet decisions about the uses of our increasingly fragile natural resources and how to protect them often fail to account for all of the ways that different communities attach value to nature.This forthcoming "Values Assessment" will present the most robust findings to date on how diverse communities value nature differently, and how natural systems benefit us all.Most policy decisions ignore these valuable natural contributions to people.Different cultures see nature in different ways, some of which may not always be obvious to outside observers.
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