Achieving a Nature- and People-Positive future

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Title: Achieving a Nature- and People-Positive future


Authors: David Obura-1,2,3,*, Fabrice DeClerck-4,5, Peter Verburg-6,7, Joyeeta Gupta-8,9, Jesse F. Abrams-10, Xuemei Bai-11, Stuart Bunn-12, Kristie L. Ebi-13, Lauren Gifford-14, Chris Gordon-15 Lisa Jacobson-16, Timothy M. Lenton-17, Diana Liverman-18, Awaz Mohamed-19, Klaudia Prodani-8, Juan Carlos Rocha-16,20, Johan Rockström-21,22, Boris Sakschewski-21, Ben Stewart-Koster-23, Detlef van Vuuren-24, Ricarda Winkelmann-21,25, Caroline Zimm-26.

Author affiliations: 

  1. CORDIO East Africa, Mombasa, Kenya
  2. Pwani University, Kilifi, Kenya
  3. Coral Reef Ecosystems Lab, School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
  4. Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, Montpellier, France
  5. EAT, Oslo, Norway
  6. Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  7. Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), Birmensdorf, Switzerland
  8. Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  9. IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Delft, the Netherlands
  10. Global Systems Institute, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK
  11. Fenner School of Environment & Society, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
  12. Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia
  13. Center for Health & the Global Environment, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
  14. School of Geography, Development and Environment, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA
  15. Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana
  16. Future Earth Secretariat, c/o Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden
  17. Global Systems Institute, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK
  18. School of Geography, Development and Environment, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA
  19. Functional Forest Ecology, Universität Hamburg, Germany
  20. Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
  21. Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Member of the Leibniz Association, Potsdam, Germany
  22. Institute of Environmental Science and Geography, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany
  23. Griffith University, QLD, Australia
  24. PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, The Hague, Netherlands
  25. Institute of Physics and Astronomy, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany
  26. International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria


The Earth Commission is the first holistic attempt to scientifically define and quantify a safe and just corridor for people and planet, avoiding crossing irreversible tipping points. The Commission is hosted by Future Earth, the world’s largest network of sustainability scientists, and is the scientific cornerstone of the Global Commons Alliance, ​​a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors with support from Oak Foundation, MAVA, Porticus, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Herlin Foundation and the Global Environment Facility. The Commission is also supported by the Global Challenges Foundation.The Commission is chaired by Prof. Dahe Qin (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China), Prof. Joyeeta Gupta (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands) and Prof. Johan Rockström (Potsdam Institute, Germany).