Allowing nature back into our cities, towns, policies and planning gives us more sustainable tools to better adapt and to reduce disaster risks. In many cases, this requires a transformative shift in our relationship with nature, to consider the rights of nature as we attempt to meet human needs and desires.
This does not necessarily mean that we must stop managing natural ecosystems and “give back to nature”; quite the opposite. We need to forge “public-planet partnerships” that are regenerative for the Earth and inclusive of both human and non-human stakeholders, such as an elephant or a river. In doing so, we can capitalise on scientific and cultural knowledge of natural processes provided by different ecosystems that can help us adapt to global challenges and reduce vulnerability.