NATure-based URban innoVATION (NATURVATION) is a 4-year project, funded by the European Commission and involving 14 institutions across Europe in the fields of urban development, geography, innovation studies and economics. Led by Harriet Bulkeley, Durham University, it sought to develop our understanding of what nature-based solutions can achieve in cities, examine how innovation can be fostered in this domain, and contribute to realising the potential of nature-based solutions for responding to urban sustainability challenges by working with communities and stakeholders.
Or why we need to replace optimism with hope…
In the five years since we began the NATURVATION project, nature-based solutions have gone from being the concern of a small policy elite and the academically curious to becoming headline news. Across the world commitments to plant trees are piling up while the climate-saving potential of everything from mangroves to peat bogs are celebrated globally. If the urban is often absent from such promises, it is clear that nature-based solutions are rapidly acquiring hero status in both the biodiversity and climate policy arenas.