The Nature-based Solutions Initiative is an interdisciplinary programme of research, policy advice and education based at the University of Oxford. It brings together natural, physical and social scientists with economists, governance and finance experts from across the University and beyond. Its mission is to enhance understanding of the potential of Nature-based Solutions to address global challenges and increase their sustainable implementation worldwide.
We are excited to announce that we will host a major international interdisciplinary conference on Nature-based Solutions in Oxford in July 2020. For more information and to register interest, visit the conference website
NBSI director spoke with Carbon Brief at the Oxford Achieving Net Zero conference. She emphasised the need to balance Nature-based Solutions with tech to achieve net-zero, emphasising the vital importance of locally stewarded ecosystem restoration (and not afforestation!)
Our new paper reveals global support for Nature-based Solutions to climate change but highlights the need for high-level pledges to be met by science-based targets that benefit both people and ecosystems.
NBSI Director talks about the crucial role of biodiversity as a major ally in the fight against climate change and poverty in a video as part of Apolitical’s field guide for public servants: Policy Solutions from Nature.
To celebrate and endorse nature’s role as a key part of the solution to climate change, Nature4Climate is hosting a four-day programme of events from September 22nd to 25th after the UN Climate Summit in New York. Join us there for the launch of our interactive online NbS evidence tool.
We are proud to launch Cécile Girardin’s and Lisa Curtis’s net zero poster based on an inspiring talk by Christiana Figueres. Look out for the poster and join us for participatory art at our upcoming events in Oxford (Achieving Net Zero Conference) and New York (Nature’s Climate Hub).
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.
Enthusiasm for nature’s role in sustainable development is at an all-time high and growing rapidly. Yet scientific evidence for the effectiveness of NbS is scattered or poor, finance flows severely limited, and governance challenges immense. To address these issues we have established this Initiative.
Find out more about our interdisciplinary programme of research, policy advice and education
Mangroves shelter coastlines during hazardous storm events with coastal communities experiencing mangrove deforestation are increasingly vulnerable to economic damages resulting ...Hochard et al, 2019
Land-based greenhouse gas removal (GGR) options include afforestation or reforestation (AR), wetland restoration, soil carbon sequestration (SCS), biochar, terrestrial enhanced ...Smith et al, 2019
Nature-based solutions (NBS) in river landscapes, such as restoring floodplains, can not only decrease flood risks for downstream communities but ...Albert, C. et al., 2019 348 Studies