Nature, Complexity & Governance

We need to see nature as a complex system… we must overcome our tendency to look at issues in categories …


Julia Marton-Lefèvre says we are taking too many chances by destroying non-human species. We need to see nature as a complex system that supports humanity. One of the problems that we must overcome is our tendency to look at issues in categories. Instead we need to more inter-disciplinary in our approach to solving complex challenges. The other problem is governance. Environmental ministries are often very junior. They must become more empowered. Or better still, all government ministries should embed within them environmental governance.


Julia Marton-Lefèvre is Director General of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), the world’s largest conservation network. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Prior positions have included Rector of the UN-mandated University for Peace, Executive Director of LEAD International and Executive Director of the International Council for Science (ICSU).