The Natural Capital Project at Stanford University is hosting an exciting discussion on nature-based solutions role in addressign urban challenges:
Cities must manage multiple, interacting challenges such as climate change, air and water pollution, flooding, heat waves, affordable housing, public health, and socio-economic and environmental inequities. Nature-based solutions can help cities address many of these challenges. By reducing the risk of flooding, attenuating water, noise, and air pollution, mitigating the urban heat island effect, and providing attractive spaces that promote physical and mental health, nature-based solutions can provide diverse benefits to people in cities. But they are not a panacea — they can neither solve all problems on their own nor are they even appropriate or feasible in all locations. In this session, The Natural Capital Project will bring together academics and practitioners for a conversation about nature-based solutions in cities. The session first addressess challenges unique to urban environments and barriers that currently prevent uptake of these solutions to date. Then there will be a focus on opportunities to do things differently through discussion of bright spots, policy levers, and new avenues for research and practice.
Five expert panelists–from academia and practice–will be in conversation with Anne Guerry, Chief Strategy Officer & Lead Scientist at Stanford Natural Capital Project, and Eric Lonsdorf, Program Director & Lead Scientist at University of Minnesota Natural Capital Project.