Nature-based Solutions are actions that work with and enhance natural habitats to support biodiversity and help address societal challenges. This new programme of interdisciplinary research, policy advice and education 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 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 must work with nature to solve these related global challenges. Nature not only helps protect us from climate change impacts but stores carbon to slow warming and supports biodiversity.
But high-level pledges rarely translate into action. One issue is that evidence for nature’s benefits is hard to access and difficult to understand. Meanwhile, there is low awareness in business and government of our dependency on nature. To address these issues we have established this Initiative.
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Cities are dependent on their upstream watersheds for storage and gradual release of water into river systems. These watersheds act ...Gunnell, K. et al., 2019
Climate change vulnerability and social marginalisation are often interrelated in and through environments. Variations in climate change adaptation practice and ...Woroniecki, S., 2019
Tropical beaches provide coastal flood protection, income from tourism, and habitat for flagship species. They urgently need protection from erosion, ...James, R. K. et al., 2019 345 Studies