Nature-based solutions resources

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Video: The future we can and must chose: nature-based solutions

This is a creative product of the Nature-based Solutions Initiative at the University of Oxford explaining nature-based solutions as a concept and their importance (www.naturebasedsolutionsinitiative.org). Illustrations by Cécile Girardin and Isabel Key; animation by Matthew Mullholland.

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Website: What are Nature-based Solutions?

The Nature-based Solution Initiatives (Oxford University) website outlines the basics and a wealth of resources on the topic. Nature-based solutions (NbS) involve working with nature to address societal challenges, providing benefits for both human well-being and biodiversity. Specifically they are

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Website - Wikipedia: Nature-based solutions

The Wikipedia entry page for nature-based solutions, that covers basic information on the concept ranging from its origins to present day discourse.

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Presentation on financing coastal protection

This powerpoint slide provides a case study on a successful example of financing nature-based solutions for coastal protection: Keeping the floods at bat through nature restoration in Medmerry. The scheme was funded through the Endangered Landscapes Programme and developed by the Royal Society for

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Presentation on climate-proofing cities through nature

This powerpoint slide provides a case study on a successful example of nature-based solution applied in the urban context: The implementation of urban parks and green areas with sustainable urban drainage systems to handle excess rainwater in Aarhus. This initiative was implemented under the SPARK

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Presentation on Reducing Disaster Risk through Restoration

This powerpoint slide provides a case study on a successful example of nature-based solution applied for disaster risk reduction: the Restoration of the Isar River in Germany. The initiative was implemented under the PHUSICOS project. More information on the case study is also available below.

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Presentation on Expanding Sustainable Agriculture

This powerpoint slide provides a case study on a successful example of nature-based solution applied in the agriculture sector: Agroforestry to make the agricultural systems in Montpellier more resilient to the effects of climate change. The agroforestry scheme was implemented under the SAFE

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Nature-based solutions State of the art in EU-funded projects

This document summarises outcomes from the EC individual expert reports delivered through its ‘Valorisation of NBS Projects’ initiative. EU research and innovation projects were scanned for results pertaining to key areas such as biodiversity, climate change mitigation and adaptation (including

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Nature-based solutions for flood mitigation and coastal resilience: Analysis of EU-funded projects

This document summarises outcomes relating to flood mitigation and coastal resilience from the report ‘Nature-based Solutions: State of the Art in EU-funded Projects’ (Wild et al. (Eds.) 2020) prepared through the EC’s Valorisation of NBS Projects Initiative. EU research and innovation projects

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Nature-based solutions improving water quality & waterbody conditions. Analysis of EU-funded projects

This document summarises outcomes relating to water quality and waterbody conditions from the report ‘Nature-based Solutions: State of the Art in EU-funded Projects’ (Wild et al. (Eds.) 2020) prepared through the EC’s Valorisation of NBS Projects Initiative. EU research and innovation projects were

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Nature-based solutions for microclimate regulation and air quality: Analysis of EU-funded projects

Nature-based Solutions (NBS) represent a key approach to improve air quality, microclimate, health and well-being of urban populations. The European Commission will adopt in 2021 a zero pollution action plan for air, water and soil and it is known that especially air quality has a tremendous effect

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Nature-based solutions towards sustainable communities: Analysis of EU-funded projects

Over the past thirty years local communities have remained at the heart of efforts to address sustainable development across the European Union, mobilised by a wide range of policies and initiatives to develop sustainable, smart, low carbon, resilient and eco-cities. As interventions that promise

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Nature-based solutions for climate mitigation: Analysis of EU-funded projects

Achieving the ambitious goals established by the European Union will require not only transformation of our energy and transport systems, but measures across the economy as well as efforts to harness the potential of nature to contribute to both mitigating climate change and enhancing our

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Biodiversity and nature-based solutions: Analysis of EU-funded projects

The EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 aims to secure healthy, resilient, biodiversity-rich ecosystems that deliver the range of services essential to the prosperity and well-being of citizens. Nature-based Solutions (NBS) – with healthy and biodiverse ecosystems at their core - are central to

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Nature-based solutions Triple Win Toolkit

This Toolkit offers guidance to achieve, through Nature-based Solutions (NBS), a 'triple win' to enhance biodiversity, address climate change, and reduce poverty in the context of Official Development Assistance (ODA) spend, especially for the International Climate Finance (ICF) programme

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Community Organizing Toolkit on Ecosystem Restoration

Ecosystem degradation has reached the far corners of our planet from our precious rainforests to our priceless reefs. Irresponsible human activities have caused and exacerbated our climate crisis and ecosystem degradation, forcing us to cope with biodiversity loss, habitat destruction, dramatic

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Science-based ecosystem restoration for the 2020s and beyond

The documenti presents recommendations of the Science Task Force (STF) of the UN Decade for Ecosystem Restoration, led by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and comprised of leading subject experts as specific actions to be undertaken by public and private stakeholders to

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NeworkNature Annual Event Report

This Report provides a summary of the presentations, panel discussions and parallel sessions of the NetworkNature Annual Event "Achieving the EU Green Deal through nature-based solutions", held on 21st October 2021.

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Tackling the climate and biodiversity crises in Europe through Urban Greening Plans: Recommendations for avoiding the implementation gap

To systematically bring nature back to cities, the EU Biodiversity Strategy calls upon cities with over 20,000 inhabitants to develop Urban Greening Plans (UGP) by the end of 2021. UGP present a unique opportunity for the systematic integration of urban green infrastructures in urban planning

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Two Global Crises Interlinked — The need for balancing and win-win actions for nature and climate

From the Nordic Pavilion: Two global crises interlinked: biodiversity loss and climate change. Actions to mitigate one should not worsen the other. Two interactive panel debates considering examples that require the balancing of needs as well as win-win action for both climate and nature with the

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