Human well-being is intertwined with the environment. From local communities to the global commons, the environment provides natural resources that fuel the growth of industries and economies and influences public issues as diverse as health, natural disaster response and recovery, and food and energy security. With the planet increasingly under stress, action on environmental issues – such as climate change, biodiversity, and ocean health – constitute some of the most urgent and large-scale challenges. The innovations of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) hold great potential for improving management and governance of the global environment and delivering the systems change required to create clean, resource-secure and inclusive economies.
With support from the MAVA Foundation, PwC and Stanford University, this project seeks to harness that potential by mapping 4IR solutions against the most pressing environmental challenges, identifying and addressing related governance issues, and identifying and mobilising the critical ingredients that will enable 4IR solutions to scale.