Nature-based solutions resources

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What is Ecosystem Restoration

Ecosystem restoration means assisting in the recovery of ecosystems that have been degraded or destroyed, as well as conserving the ecosystems that are still intact. Healthier ecosystems, with richer biodiversity, yield greater benefits such as more fertile soils, bigger yields of timber and fish,

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LIFE programme: Short summaries of projects from the LIFE 2019 call for proposals

This EU funding for the LIFE programme projects triggered total investments of nearly €590 million to help meet these projects' ambitious goals for environment, nature, and climate action. The projects will help to achieve the European Green Deal. Here you can find a list of short summaries of

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A new generation of young people is putting the planet first. Here's everything you need to know

We are witnessing monumental changes to the balance of the natural world and how the human world, responsible for these changes, is responding. The impact from climate change is coinciding with the coming of age of a generation of young ecopreneurs – Generation Restoration – who are choosing to

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TRENDING SCIENCE: About 97 % of land areas have been destroyed, research claims

How many pristine places are left undisturbed by oil, gas and mining activities, as well as land development? What is the extent of this damage to habitats? According to a study published in the journal ‘Frontiers in Forests and Global Change’, nearly 3 % of the world’s land remains ecologically

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Insight report: BiodiverCities by 2030: Transforming Cities' Relationship with Nature

The World Economic Forum with the Government of Colombia, the Humboldt, Arup and AlphaBeta, has released this insight report to call on cities, as crucial players in reversing nature loss and climate change, to become BiodiverCities by 2030. The report showcases the opportunity for urban leaders

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Report: Investing in a green urban future

This Nature^Squared report highlights that cities are affected and influence climate change. For this reason, they are looking for ways to develop smart solutions to develop more resilience. Nature-based solutions make it possible to develop green urban areas that meet the growing need for

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A catalogue of Nature-Based Solutions for urban resilience

Despite the growing demand for nature-based solutions (NBS) in cities, many people who make planning, financing, and technical decisions for urban resilience building have little knowledge of when and how to build with nature. It creates a need for better guidance, more real-world examples that

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Using nature based solutions to foster synergies between biodiversity and climate: Missed chances and new opportunities for a sustainable future

This paper assesses how EU policies and investments have spurred the uptake of nature-based solutions to support biodiversity and ecosystem health. It outlines remaining gaps and opportunities on how to best scale up efforts to meet the current EU policy framework’s 2030 objectives. It provides

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Words into Action: Nature-based Solutions for Disaster Risk Reduction

In this document by UNDRR, Nature-based Solutions (NbS) are considered capable to address the growing challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss, increased frequency of extreme weather and natural hazards as well as other human-made environmental disasters. The UNDRR developed this 'Words

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Powering Nature: creating the conditions to enable nature-based solutions

Nature is in freefall. Climate is changing due to humanity’s addiction to burning fossil fuels and converting natural ecosystems for agriculture. This affects in degrading once-productive lands and driving plant and animal species to extinction. And it’s no coincidence that millions of people each

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Policy recommendations for increasing ecosystem services from trees in agricultural landscapes

A wide range of benefits for agriculture and farmers are provided by trees. They have the potential to increase economic returns and support agricultural resilience. Planting more trees on farms can address multiple policy goals, including the UK’s aim to become carbon neutral by 2050 and the

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European Forests for biodiversity, climate change mitigation and adaptation

This Future Brief brings together the latest evidence on the ability of Europe’s forests to support biodiversity while removing and storing carbon from the atmosphere, while also providing ecosystem services necessary for climate adaptation and our well-being, and contributing to the bioeconomy and

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How under-used space and infrastructure can become testbeds for new cities

This article is part of a series of articles based on the 14 Partnerships of the Urban Agenda for the EU. Structured around the three city dimensions of the New Leipzig Charter (the Productive, the Green, and the Just City), the articles link Partnerships’ actions and activities with other relevant

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Knowledge Centre for Biodiversity

The Knowledge Centre for Biodiversity supports policymaking by Developing tools that support the implementation of the EU Biodiversity Strategy, including its global dimension; Identifying, filtering and structuring relevant information and making it accessible bringing together

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Guidance on Co-creating NBS CLEVER Cities

This guidance contains a toolkit for the implementation of the co-creation process, including the 16 steps envisioned in a complete co-creation pathway to support cities to achieve successful implementation of nature-based solutions. On this website you can find all the useful tools, resources to

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Using ecosystem risk assessment science in ecosystem restoration

Recent global initiatives in ecosystem restoration offer an unprecedented opportunity to improve biodiversity conservation, human health and well-being. Ecosystems form a core component of biodiversity. They provide humans with multiple benefits – a stable climate and breathable air, water, food

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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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