Nature-based Solutions in Action

Human communities across the globe have been working with nature for millennia to buffer the impacts of environmental change. We must learn from them, and ensure that their knowledge informs policy and practice around the world. On this page, you will find some real-life examples of how working with nature can really helping local people deal with the impacts of climate change.

01 Tree-planting programme - Uganda

Communities near Mount Elgon National Park undertook a major tree-planting agroforestry programme in 2014-2015. This is benefiting communities in many ways, including by stabilising soils, and reducing landslides. It is also helping to maintain biodiversity in the region.

02 Wetland restoration in Peru

In the Nor Yauyos-Cochas Landscape Reserve in the high Andes, communities have restored a natural wetland reservoir, diversified their crops, and established protected areas free of domestic animals. These measures are having positive effects on local water supplies, soil quality and wildlife.

03 Slope forest restoration - Nepal

Local communities in the Panchase Protected Forest Area of Nepal, have restored slope forest and wetlands and developed nature-tourism. Communities report fewer landslides, less erosion, and more secure water supplies, and feel less vulnerable to climate change.

UNEP Projects

The projects showcased here focus on Nbs for climate change adaptation and are being supported by the United Nations Environment Programme.

More NbS in action

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Project Seagrass – restoring seagrass as an NbS in the UK

Despite being the most overlooked marine habitat, seagrass meadows provide a number of important ecosystem services: they are nurseries for young fish that support about 20% of the world’s largest 25 fisheries, they sequester carbon about 35 times faster than tropical forests, they reduce coastal erosion, and are unique, biodiverse ecosystems. [...] Read more

January 13, 2020
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Floating agriculture in Bangladesh

During our NbS workshop in Bangladesh, we learnt about floating agriculture – a traditional practice that is going to scale in Bangladesh, allowing farmers to maintain or increase agricultural productivity and nutritional diversity in the face of increased monsoon season flooding. It involves weaving together plants, most commonly the invasive water hyacinth, to form floating [...] Read more

January 13, 2020