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 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, on which we depend.
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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The Mediterranean evergreen oak coppices of Southern Europe are increasingly vulnerable to drought because of both the ongoing climate change ...Cabon A. et al., 2018
Planted and invading non-native plant species can alter fire regimes through changes in fuel loads and in the structure and ...Paritsis J. et al., 2018
New sustainable, cost-effective solutions are urgently needed for river management since conventional practices have posed serious ecological threats on streams, ...Rowinski P.M. et al., 2018 333 Studies