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IUCN Global Standard for Nature-based Solutions: A user-friendly framework for the verification, design and scaling up of NbS

NbS are considered by a wide range of stakeholders as an essential mechanism for achieving sustainable development. The IUCN Global Standard on Nature-based Solutions aims to ensure the application of this approach is credible, and its uptake tracked and measured for adaptive management so that its

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What is Ecosystem Restoration

Ecosystem restoration means assisting in the recovery of ecosystems that have been degraded or destroyed, as well as conserving the ecosystems that are still intact. Healthier ecosystems, with richer biodiversity, yield greater benefits such as more fertile soils, bigger yields of timber and fish,

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Adaptation of trees and forests to climate change: the importance of genetic variability

The policy brief “Adaptation of trees and forests to climate change: the importance of genetic variability” is derived from the BiodivERsA-funded LinkTree project, which examined the genetic variation within forest tree populations in five European countries, and assessed how this variability and

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BiodivERsA Stakeholder Engagement Handbook

The BiodivERsA Stakeholder Engagement Handbook is a practical guide designed to assist research teams identify relevant stakeholders to engage with in order to enhance the impact and social relevance of their work. The Handbook draws upon exiting literature and presents case studies that provide

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TESSA - Toolkit for Ecosystem Services Site-based Assessment

The TESSA toolkit provides practical guidance for measuring ecosystem services at the site scale.It effectively communicates the results to aid decision-making on a local level,which is an area existing tools have had limited applicability.TESSA provides scientifically robust information and a

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Barcelona - Embracing the Vision of a Greener Future (URBES video)

With 1.62 million inhabitants, Barcelona is one of the most densely populated cities in Europe. Located between the Mediterranean Sea and the mountain range of Collserola, the city has urbanised virtually all available land after various periods of urban expansion. This has led to conflicting

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Rainwater harvesting & greywater recycling against climate change

Climate change induced hydrological risks are making European cities increasingly vulnerable against urban floods and at the same time make the water scarcity problem worse. Coupled with growing drinking water consumption and consequently rising amounts of wastewater to be treated, this threatens

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The Health and Social Benefits of Nature and Biodiversity Protection

Protecting nature and biodiversity is helping to tackle urgent health and social challenges across Europe. This IEEP study shows how urban, suburban and rural green areas bring multiple and often overlooked benefits to society.

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Designing for planetary boundary cities

The planetary boundaries signify the Earth’s capacity to tolerate change and set out the science-based limits that must not be surpassed if the Earth is to remain hospitable for future generations. This timely report explores how we can design the built environment within the ‘safety rails’

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URBAN GreenUP Nature-based solution catalogue

The target of this document is the definition of a catalogue of Nature Base Solutions (NBS) that includes all the possible characteristics (technical, economic, environmental, and social) of each one of them. In order to be able to select the best options to introduce them in the development of

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Community Gains

Online-tool to inspire and link community groups and individuals to resources needed to realise their project ideas.

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NBS Selection Tool

The Urban GreenUP ‘NBS Selection Tool’ has been designed to help local governments choose from the many NBS options in our NBS catalogue. This tool is a decision support tool – it’s designed to give suggestions that may help improve you choose the right NBS for you, based on both your city’s

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Mainstreaming the co-production of Nature-based Solutions in European cities

Co-production processes enable urban planners and policymakers to unlock the potential of Nature-based Solutions (NBS) to address multiple urban challenges simultaneously. The Connecting Nature EU-funded project has worked with ten cities in Europe to foster the large-scale development of NBS while

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Method Factsheet - State and Transition Models

State-and-transition models (STMs) are conceptual models of ecosystem dynamics after disturbances based on alternate state theory (Kachergis et al. 2011). STMs combine the representation of alternate states and the factors that drive the transitions among states with tables of qualitative

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Method Factsheet - PGIS

In PGIS a plurality of stakeholders can participate in the creation of a map of ecosystem services, including local stakeholders and community members, environmental professionals and technicians, members of environmental NGOs, decision-makers, scientists, etc. PGIS can therefore integrate the

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Innovation Pathways for Urban Forests

Urban forest is an emerging concept which not only incorporates trees, but other vegetation in streets, parks, plazas, river embankments, wetlands, railway corridors, community gardens, and on buildings as well as the soil and water that supports them. Urban forests have been around for generations

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NBS Financing in Front Runner Cities

Connecting Nature aims to support cities in securing financing to support the large-scale implementation of nature-based solutions. Within a relatively short period of three years, Connecting Nature has had a major impact in raising the knowledge and awareness of partner cities about alternative

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ES Public Consultation Methods

Abstract The concept of Ecosystem Services (ES) is relatively new to environmental policy. ES provided by the natural environment are recognised as an important contributor, directly and indirectly, to human well-being. These include the ecosystem’s provision of natural commodities (e.g. ag-

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Presentation on financing coastal protection

This powerpoint slide provides a case study on a successful example of financing nature-based solutions for coastal protection: Keeping the floods at bat through nature restoration in Medmerry. The scheme was funded through the Endangered Landscapes Programme and developed by the Royal Society for

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Livecast on Financing Nature in Cities

Cities face many challenges such as climate change and pandemics, more so as they get denser. Nature-based solutions can help address many of these challenges and are therefore both a cost and space-effective solution. Urban nature not only provides biodiversity but also contributes to climate

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