News articles


NATURAL CLIMATE SOLUTIONS CAN HELP BUSINESSES MEET CLIMATE GOALS

Natural Climate Solutions can help businesses meet climate goals

News
28 July 2021

We are experiencing an unprecedented crisis: the destruction of nature and the rampant effects of climate change. Up to 1 billion tons of CO2 are released each year from degraded coastal ecosystems, global loss of tropical forests contributes around 4.8 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide annually...

Read more


Using ecosystem services to measure the degree to which a solution is nature-based

IUCN Professional Certificate on Nature-based solutions

News
19 July 2021

The concept of Nature-based Solutions (NbS) is drawing a lot of attention but few know what it means in practice and how to apply the IUCN Global standard for NbS, which is at the foundation of the concept.

As the author of the Global Standard, IUCN is offering a professional certificate...

Read more



ELP landscape restoration grant call for applications

News
1 July 2021

The Endangered Landscapes Programme (ELP) is inviting expressions of interest from organisations and partnerships that share the programme’s vision.

This round of projects will add to the portfolio of large landscape restoration projects (Implementation Projects) currently funded by ELP...

Read more


Consultation on draft Nature-based Economy White Paper

News
29 June 2021

A new White Paper proposes a new approach to valuing natural capital and to enabling its incorporation in the economic system.

The Paper, From Nature-based solutions to the nature-based economy , is a synthesis of an EC Expert Publication being prepared by the Nature-Based Economy...

Read more


Accounting for ecosystems and their services in the European Union

News
24 June 2021

The Final report from phase II of the INCA project shows that EU’s ecosystems generated an annual flow of selected seven ecosystem services at the value of € 172 billion.

Ecosystem accounting - Making nature count

How much do ecosystems contribute to our economy and wellbeing?...

Read more


Ecosystem and the economy - what is the correlation?

News
24 June 2021

Economic entities are increasingly regognizing that nature is tied to all activities and that the state of the environment also affects the economy. OECD launched a new policy guide for finance, economic and environment ministes titled ' Biodiversity, natural capital and the economy ' in May...

Read more



Nature-based solutions take centre stage in the health arena

News
18 June 2021

During the NetworkNature semester ‘ Nature-based solutions in light of the pandemic ’ we have explored how these solutions affect health and well-being. There is increasing research and findings indicating that among the many benefits of natural spaces, are improvements to mental and physical...

Read more



Natural Capital User Guide for Greater Manchester

News
16 June 2021

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Natural Course have created a Natural Capital User Guide, a resource for urban planners, businessess, funders, project developers, partnerships, infrastructure planners and decision makers to learn about Manchester's approach and the natural capital...

Read more








Eddi Aguirre - Unsplash

Urban Planning and Health

News
26 May 2021

May 2021 marked the launch of an Urban Health cluster Healthy Cities , by URBACT the European Territorial Cooperation programme, which has for the past 15 years championed sustainable integrated development in European Cities. The Healthy Cities action planning network aims to develop and...

Read more


We're part of the solution - Biodiversity Day 2021!

News
20 May 2021

The United Nations has dedicated May 22nd each year as The International Day for Biological Diversity , to increase awareness and understanding of biodiversity. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has set the theme for Biodiversity Day 2021 as “ We’re part of the...

Read more



The importance of therapeutic gardens within the urban tissue

Opinion
10 May 2021

The concept of therapeutic or healing gardens is both modern and ancient. Ancient Egyptian, Persian and Greek gardens were all considered healing environments and all of them had well established guidelines in relation with the knowledge of that time and, most important, people were aware of...

Read more


What is the impact of nature-based solutions?

News
5 May 2021

There is a multitude of innovative nature-based solutions (NBS) projects and initiatives, garnering great benefits to their surroundings in Europe. Under the NetworkNature coordinated European Commission NBS Task Force 2: Nature-based Solutions Impact Evaluation Framework , experts from these...

Read more


Image by FelixMittermeier from Pixabay

New European Commission Carbon Farming Initiative

News
4 May 2021

New European Commission Carbon Farming Initiative

On the 27th of April 2021, the European Commission published a ‘ Technical Guidance Handbook: Setting up and implementing results-based carbon farming mechanisms in the EU ’ This guide is the result of a two-year study on how best to set...

Read more





Unsplash - Mark Han

Global EbA Fund

News
25 March 2021

The Global EbA Fund , a brand-new funding opportunity, is now open to support scaling up EbA across the world.

Led by IUCN and UNEP, the Global EbA Fund is a quickly deployable mechanism for supporting innovative approaches to EbA. The Fund aims to encourage catalytic initiatives to...

Read more



Why cities need more green space than ever

Opinion
19 March 2021

As a result of the COVID19 pandemic, we have seen an increase in stress, poor mental health and domestic violence. And we have seen an increase in the visits to green and blue spaces, leading at times to overcrowding in these spaces. In a city like Barcelona, Collserola, a large urban forest...

Read more


Editorial: Nature is good for us and the society

Opinion
19 March 2021

Editorial for March 2021 edition of NetworkNature Newsletter.

“Nature is good for us and the society”. That was – in short – the main message by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MEA) back in 2005. The outcomes of the MEA were an eye-opener and have led to new knowledge and new...

Read more


Nature-based solutions and health outcomes

Opinion
16 March 2021

In cities, the built and natural environment are important determinants of health, particularly among groups that are disadvantaged by relative poverty, unemployment, low status, gender, ethnicity and disability (WHO, 2012). Evidence of the impact of green and blue space provided by Nature-based...

Read more


Juliane Liebermann (Unsplash)

Envigado, Colombia

INTERLACE: restoring nature in cities across Europe and Latin America

News
5 March 2021
INTERLACE is a new four-year project supporting actions to restore, rehabilitate and (re)connect urban ecosystems.

A total of six cities across Europe and Latin America are participating in INTERLACE: Granollers (Spain), Envigado (Colombia), Portoviejo (Ecuador), Chemnitz (Germany), Metropolia...

Read more


Viorel Dudau, Dreamstime

Nature-based solutions in light of the pandemic

News
4 March 2021

In the wake of the pandemic, the realization that access to nature is crucial for well-being has dawned on many. Although the pandemic stems from nature, the role of human-led destruction of natural environments is a major causal factor, and thus a potential solution lies in re-establishing a...

Read more




Forests at the forefront – CLEARING HOUSE project one year on

Blog
11 January 2021

The CLEARING HOUSE project is a collaboration of 26 partners in Europe and China, to utilise urban forest-based solutions for rehabilitating, reconnecting and restoring ecosystems. The solutions include peri-urban and urban forests, forested parks, small woods in urban areas, and trees in public...

Read more



‘Ideathon’ for natural regeneration with proGIreg

Blog
16 December 2020

With a majority our collaborative activities taking place online in 2020, so did the global Climathon organised by EIT Climate-KIC . The annual event is an opportunity for cities to engage citizens in ‘ideathons’ to co-create solutions to local environmental challenges, with winning plans...

Read more



European nature-based solutions projects rooting in China

Blog
15 December 2020

Nature-based solutions that have proved successful in cities can be readily replicated in others – even across the globe. November 2020 saw two major events with European funded nature-based solutions projects engaging Chinese partners.

The UrbanByNature programme, a ground-breaking...

Read more


GoGreenRoutes explores the effects of urban nature on health

News
15 December 2020

A new Horizon 2020 funded project – GoGreenRoutes - will apply innovative solutions such as urban nature-based interventions, data analysis and citizen science to investigate the links between green spaces and health.

The need for urban green spaces has gained worldwide attention in...

Read more


Nature-based solutions for biodiversity - what we need to know

Opinion
15 December 2020
Nature-based solutions are creating quite a buzz as the world takes on biodiversity loss. But NBS alone are no panacea. Here are a few things we need to take on board.

Biodiversity is at the top of the political agenda - and not only in Europe. While there is good news in the recent release of...

Read more



The European Green Deal & Nature-based Solutions

News
14 December 2020

December 2020 saw a hallmark event hosted by German EU Presidency in collaboration with UNEP and IUCN on the integration of nature-based solutions into the European Green Deal . High-level speakers from governments, international organisations, civil society and the finance sector came together...

Read more


Sp Farmer, credit: The Flying Dutchman

Espai Verd Benicalap opens with 15 plots of urban vegetable gardens

News
24 November 2020

News originally published on the GrowGreen website . Republished with permission from GrowGreen.

The new Espai Verd Benicalap (Green Space Benicalap), located in the Benicalap neighborhood in València, has been inaugurated with an open day for citizens. This project is one of the...

Read more


Get to know the CLEARING HOUSE project!

News
29 October 2020

This is a guest blog from CLEARING HOUSE H2020 . The CLEARING HOUSE project is a 4-year H2020 project that will analyse and develop the potential of urban forests as providers of nature-based solutions (UF-NBS) in particular – across China and Europe using 10 city case studies .

The...

Read more


Manchester Park credit: GrowGreen

Key Features of Manchester’s West Gorton Community Park

News
22 October 2020

News originally published on the GrowGreen website . Republished with permission from GrowGreen.

The new West Gorton Community Park in Manchester, UK, is designed as a park that drinks water, aiming to reduce flood risk and providing a multitude of benefits for local residents.

...

Read more