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Editorial: Working together for ecosystem restoration

Opinion
22 September 2021

Editorial for March 2021 edition of NetworkNature Newsletter.

Environmental degradation impacts on the well-being of an estimated 3.2 billion people globally whilst the loss of ecosystem services leads to a reduction of more than 10% of our global economic output ( UNEP, 2021 ). A...

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Sustainable financing of Forest and Landscape Restoration

News
20 September 2021

The FAO e-learning on Sustainable financing of forest and landscape restoration (FLR) is now available in French . To meet countries’ national commitments to restoring degraded landscapes, adequate public and private investments are needed to support the different steps of the FLR cycle....

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Learn how to transform your city with nature - new MOOC!

News
16 September 2021
We direly need quick transformations in cities to make them more sustainable and to enhance life quality. Many cities are harnessing nature-based solutions (NbS) for a green transformation. The cost-effective solutions that are inspired and supported by nature, are increasingly championed by the EU...

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Report on smart, sustainable and resilient cities

News
15 September 2021

In the aftermath of a society altered by COVID-19, cities have a unique opportunity to “build back better” and harness the power that Nature-based Solutions have to offer.

A report, “Smart, Sustainable and Resilient cities: the Power of Nature-based Solutions'' produced by UNEP together...

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Survey: Nature Based Solutions Knowledge Gaps - take part!

News
6 September 2021

NetworkNature is collecting knowledge gaps to contribute to the development of a roadmap for EU Research and Innovation on nature-based solutions (NbS).

A new survey is an opportunity to bring NbS knowledge gaps to the attention of major EU Research and Innovation programmers. In...

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Task Force 3 releases report on NbS business models

News
6 September 2021

A new report on Nature-based Solutions business models is now available. The report titled, “State of the Art and Latest Advances in Exploring Business Models for Nature-Based Solutions” was created by the EU NbS Clustering Task Force 3, coordinated by NetworkNature and offers insight...

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The Natural Capital Journey from We Value Nature

News
3 September 2021

A new interactive online tool will help businesses make decisions that better reflect the climate and natural capital crisis.

The Natural Capital Journey from We Value Nature was launched 3 September 2021. The interactive tool presents the most common pathways and barriers that...

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New Report-Evaluating the Impact of Nature-Based Solutions

News
1 September 2021

A new report from the EU Commission Directorate titled, “Evaluating the Impact of Nature-Based Solutions: A Summary for Policy Makers”, was released providing a high-level summary for practitioners and policy-makers alike to assess the impact of nature-based solutions (NbS) using...

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Nature-based Solutions as cost-effective method to drive climate change adaptation

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A guide to forest–water management

News
25 August 2021

During the World Water Week , the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, the United States Forest Service and partners have launched the "A guide to Forest-Water...

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Consultation on draft Nature-Based Economy White Paper

News
25 August 2021

How can we triple public and private sector investment in NBS by 2030 - fuelling sustainable jobs and enterprises in the nature-based economy? Have your say and help shape the EC Expert Publication on the Nature-Based Economy .

In line with UN targets, the overall recommendation of this...

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Meeting biodiversity, climate, and water objectives through integrated strategies

Riches of the dunes: Measuring and protecting coastal dune biodiversity through Nature-based Solutions

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Roadmap for Nature-based Solutions in the EU

News
17 August 2021

The European Union is increasingly focusing on advancing nature-based solutions (NbS) to solve the wicked problems we face, from biodiversty loss to global warming. A new study by Clive Davies, Wendy Y. Chen, Giovanni Sanesi and Raffaela Lafortezza trace the roadmap of EU's plans to promote and...

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Nature-based solutions in the new IPCC report

News
10 August 2021

The new IPCC special report on effects of global warming above pre-industrial levels , sounds an alarm on the irreversible negative impacts of human activity on our own habitat. In order to to steer away from a climate catastrophe, scientists state that stark and immediate cuts on emissions are...

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Unlocking Nature-Smart Development : An Approach Paper on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

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Urban Nature Based Solutions

News
6 August 2021

Nature should be at the heart of our cities, because they are the places where we work, play and engage. Today, more than 55% of the world's population lives in cities and this figure is likely to continue to grow, as urbanization is growing at an unprecedented rate and this contributes...

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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...

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Payments for environmental services: what is good practice?

Payments for environmental services: what is good practice?

News
27 July 2021

The SINCERE project has released a new policy briefing , which draws on the global experiences of Payments for Environmental Services (PES). The aim is to provide policymakers insights into best practices and preconditions for a successful implementation of PES in Europe. Indeed, PES have become...

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Nature-based solutions in action: Lessons from the frontline

Nature-based solutions in action: Lessons from the frontline

News
27 July 2021

Nature-based solutions (NbS) help address the effects of climate change in an integrated way, such as biodiversity loss and poverty.

If done well, nature-based solutions could be the key to protecting, sustainably managing and restoring ecosystems, in cost-effective ways while addressing...

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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...

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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...

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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?...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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‘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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

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