Nature-based solutions resources

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Manifesto for a Healthy Recovery from COVID-19: Prescriptions and Actionables for a Healthy and Green Recovery

The aim of this Manifesto is creating a healthier, fairer and greener world while investing to maintain and resuscitate the economy hit by the effects of COVID-19. Six WHO prescriptions, and a comprehensive set of key actionables, for achieving healthier environments is provided accordingly. Policy

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Transform your school/town: design a constructed wetland

All over Europe, it is often possible to observe water resources being wasted while watering gardens. At the same time, many countries, especially in Southern Europe, face a lack of water during warm summer time periods and they cannot water green areas. These, and other places, could benefit from

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Let’s make our school a growing place!

Nature-based solutions have the potential to provide multiple benefits across a range of sustainability challenges faced by cities. They can help to limit the impacts of climate change, enhance biodiversity, and improve environmental quality while contributing to economic activities and social

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Podcast - Green Spaces - Just one Thing with Michael Mosley

Michael explores the science behind the soothing power of nature, revealing how nature not only makes us feel good in the moment, but how it also has a more lasting effect on our stress levels and our mental health. Michael speaks to Professor Ming Kuo at the University of Illinois in Chicago, who

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Accelerating business solutions for Climate and Nature Report I: Mapping nature-based solutions and natural climate solutions

Nature-based solutions (NbS), can help to deliver up to 37% of solutions to achieve the Paris climate goal, as well as the potential to help address other societal challenges while being good for business and people. Yet, to scale up investment in Nature-based Solutions, business requires clarity

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Handbook for the Implementation of Nature Based Solutions for Water Security

The primary objective is to guide the development of investable NbS projects by developing a fit for purpose implementation arrangement, including governance, funding, financing and contracting choices. It offers project preparation guidelines, including hands-on formats that project proponents can

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Green infrastructure and NBS in dialogue: How to integrate NBS in your technical classes

The purpose of this learning scenario is to introduce students, especially those at technical and vocational high schools, to Nature-Based Solutions (NBS), using the concept of green infrastructure applied to a practical project. To begin with, the teacher presents NBS and their benefits and

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The Resilience Blog

The Resilience Blog is published by the European Forest Institute's Resilience Research Program, which focuses on forest-related risks such as climate change and the role of forests and trees in urban areas. They post both in English and German to address local and international readers.

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Green Infrastructure and Public Health

The Green Infrastructure Strategy proposed by the European Commission, promotes the development of Green Infrastructure across the EU delivering economic, social and ecological benefits and contributing to sustainable growth. It guides the implementation of Green Infrastructure at EU,

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UNLOCKING NATURE’S POTENTIAL Forests related Nature-based Solutions to address climate change and promote sustainable development

Active participation of business is a core driver in achieving international environment and development agreements, namely the Paris Agreement, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and their contribution should be promoted. This briefing

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Addressing Climate Change in Cities – Catalogue of urban nature-based solutions

Nature-based solutions (NBS) are solutions that are inspired and supported by nature. They can be used in urban settings to complement or replace "traditional" or "grey" solutions to perform functions, such as thermal insulation and stormwater retention and filtration. Focusing

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Episode 2: Urban trees and gardens: How good are they really for you?

"In the second episode of the NATURVATION Creating Green Cities podcast, we discuss the topics of monitoring and assessing nature-based solutions. The episode features interviews with Gabino Carballo from the team behind Municipality of Barcelona’s “Tree Master Plan” and Hans Pijls from Food

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School Garden, Street Garden

Green areas are increasingly scarce in cities and in schools and, in some cities, there are many abandoned green spaces and parks. These could become places of environmental education, biodiversity, and healthy recreation for people, improving cities’ ecosystems. The aim of this activity is to

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Urban street tree biodiversity and antidepressant prescriptions

Growing urbanisation is a threat to both mental health and biodiversity. Street trees are an important biodiversity component of urban greenspace, but little is known about their effects on mental health. Here, we analysed the association of street tree density and species richness with

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Compendium of Articles/Studies on NBS/environment and health

BlueHealth is a pan-European research initiative that investigated the links between urban blue spaces, climate and health. It combined interdisciplinary approaches to examine how wellbeing might be promoted through the development of blue infrastructure. In this link you will find BlueHealth

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VALLI DEL NATISONE FOREST THERAPY STATION

Even though it is still in its early stages, Valli del Natisone Forest therapy Station in Friuli Venezia Giulia is the first initiative for forest therapy in Italy. Focusing on evidence-based research, it uses healing properties of trees and forests for therapeutic purposes with a specific focus on

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Physical Activity in Natural Settings Green and Blue Exercise

Exercise interactions with green and blue spaces offer low-cost, non-invasive solutions to public health challenges—particularly around mental health and obesity—and issues around environmental sustainability. Physical Activity in Natural Settings brings together multi-disciplinary, international

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Handbook for the Implementation of Nature Based Solutions for Water Security

The primary objective is to guide the development of investable NbS projects by developing a fit for purpose implementation arrangement, including governance, funding, financing and contracting choices. It offers project preparation guidelines, including hands-on formats that project proponents can

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Nature-based solutions and their socio-economic benefits for Europe’s recovery

This briefing provides an overview of the wide range of socio-economic benefits that nature-based solutions can achieve alongside addressing the intertwined climate change and biodiversity loss crises. It highlights the central role these solutions can play in achieving the EU’s 2030 commitments

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Green Jobs Create Economic Opportunities

In this lesson, students in their final year of high school will reflect on how their future jobs can be a part of the green economy, paying special attention to how they can integrate Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) and thereby influence their local economies and communities positively. After an

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