Nature-based solutions enhance and work with natural habitats to help people adapt to the effects of change and disasters whilst slowing warming and protecting nature. This new programme of interdisciplinary research, policy advice and advocacy is aimed at getting science into policy and policy into action to increase the implementation of sustainable nature-based solutions worldwide.
Climate change and species loss are accelerating and natural disasters are becoming more frequent. Ecosystems are collapsing and agricultural land is being lost to desert. And millions of people increasingly face food or water shortages and are fleeing their homelands as conflict over dwindling natural resources intensifies.
Leaders and scientists across the globe are starting to realise that we need to work with nature to solve these inter-related global challenges. Natural ecosystems not only help protect us from the impacts of climate change impacts but store carbon to slow warming and support the ecosystems goods and services on which we depend. However, high-level pledges for nature rarely translate into action on-the-ground.
The reasons for this are: first, scientific evidence for nature’s benefits is hard to access and difficult to understand; second, there is a lack of knowledge exchange between researchers and those working on the ground; and third, there is low awareness in business and government of our dependency on nature. To overcome these barriers we have established the Nature-based Solutions Initiative.
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Coral reefs can provide significant coastal protection benefits to people and property. Here we show that the annual expected damages ...Beck et al., 2018
Forest management in several boreal countries is strongly focused on conifers because they are more productive, the technical quality of ...Pukkala, T., 2018
Coastal communities in tropical environments are at increasing risk from both environmental degradation and climate change and require urgent local ...Reguero, B.G. et al., 2018 323 Studies