NYC Nature Goals 2050
New York City Nature Goals 2050 articulates what people want from nature and why.
The Natural Areas Conservancy has convened over 50 organizations in a collaborative conservation effort to formulate a set of goals, targets, and a Declaration of Rights to New York City Nature.
In 2015 (Phase I), our aim was to start a discussion about the future of nature in New York City, at a time of momentous change: population increase and climate change. As a result, a set of qualitative goals for the function and composition of nature were generated. These goals include:
• support for biodiversity and habitat
• the provision and enhancement of clean air and water
• protection and resilience from coastal storms
• connectivity for plants and animals
• inspiration for city residents
In 2017 (Phase II), we developed clear actionable and measurable targets that advance the five overarching functional goals. Below is a list of the targets as one-line recommendations.
- Expand natural areas
- Manage natural areas
- Encourage ecosystem diversity
- Conserve species
- Restore lost species
- Integrating nature into planning and policy
- Expand tree canopy and increase permeability
- Help mitigate air pollution
- Help control storm water
- Help cool the city
- Provide clean and swimmable waters
- Support sustainable local fisheries
- Expand natural shorelines
- Enable natural shoreline to adapt to sea level rise
- Enhance built shorelines
- Facilitate species movement
- Enable people to get to natural areas
- Make natural areas welcoming for all New Yorkers
- Encourage environmental stewardship
- Get kids into nature
- Provide jobs in nature
- Highlight local natural spectacles
- Create big quiet places
- Recognize nature nearby
- Celebrate nature in art
These targets reflect our values and are time-bound. In addition, they are actionable and measurable objectives that go a long way towards fulfilling the five functional goals over the next 30+ years.
In Phase III (2018) we will take the initiative to the general public and local officials with the purpose of expanding the Nature Goals network and emphasizing the importance of nature in making NYC resilient and sustainable for everyone.