Coastal Resilience


Establishing NbS for coastal resilience

An assessment framework for climate-proof nature-based solutions

Submitted by Stavros Stagakis on May 17, 2019 - 10:09am

Raising interest in ‘nature-based solutions’ (NBS) has inspired attempts to organise their principles and qualities within comprehensive and internally consistent evaluation frameworks, so as to demonstrate the superior performance of ‘working with nature’. However, the proposed frameworks stop short of taking into account the changing conditions in which NBS are set to operate. Climate change, in particular, can alter ecosystems and their services, and may undermine the performance of green solutions that rely on them.

Volunteered information on nature-based solutions — Dredging for data on deculverting

Submitted by Stavros Stagakis on April 19, 2019 - 10:41am

Much has been written about the potential contribution of citizen-science approaches to further urban environmental sustainability, and associated interventions such as nature-based solutions (NBS). Engagements between researchers and stakeholders relying on bottom-up information provision, for instance community mapping, are often purported to play a vital role in developing shared knowledge, achieving greater impact and stimulating innovation. However, relatively few studies within the realm of NBS have reported on experiences in using volunteered information, or their results.

ThinkNature Webinar 1

Submitted by Somarakis Giorgos on March 27, 2019 - 5:34pm

This report was prepared by Emmanuelle Cohen-Shacham, Nikolaos Nikolaidis, Nadja Kabisch (1st ThinkNature Webinar speakers) and ThinkNature Webinars Team in order to provide an overview of the 1st ThinkNature Webinar “NBS: Concept, Practices and Benefits” about the presented issues by speakers, polls' results and the discussion (attendees' questions and speakers' answers) in the end of the Webinar.

Discussion - Q&A, M. Santamouris, T. Armour, D. Theochari, FORTH - ThinkNature Webinar 2

This recording concerns the discussion and Q&A section during the second ThinkNature webinar at 14/3/2019 about "Technology and Practice of NBS". This webinar invited scientists, potential NBS practitioners, market actors and end users, to discover aspects relevant to technology and practice of NBS. In the context of this webinar, the above-mentioned issues were presented by major NBS experts and the attendees had the opportunity to participate in short surveys and pose their own questions regarding the presented issues to the speakers.

TOWARDS ELECTIONS

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Submitted by Katerina Lilli on February 4, 2019 - 11:31am

The EU has heavily invested in projects to renature cities.
After the European elections, a new executive will head the EU. What will happen to the NBS policy?

Consultation on IUCN Global Standard for Nature-based Solutions

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Submitted by Katerina Lilli on February 4, 2019 - 11:23am

A public consultation on IUCN’s Global Standard for Nature-based Solutions is now open.

This standard aims to create a common understanding and consensus on what constitutes a good nature-based solutions. It is intended to be a simple yet robust hands-on tool that informs the planning, design and implementation of nature-based solutions, especially as an alternative to other types of development interventions such as hard infrastructure. In doing so, the standard will support wider uptake of the nature-based solutions concept.

EKLIPSE Call for Experts

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Submitted by Katerina Lilli on February 4, 2019 - 11:16am

EKLIPSE is inviting experts to join an expert working group to support the negotiators from the EU and its Member States to provide relevant comment on the IPBES Global assessment Summary for Policy-Makers (SPM).

In May 2019, the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will hold its 7th Plenary Session. During this meeting, representatives of 130 Governments will be presented, for discussion and possible approval, with a definitive new global synthesis of the state of nature, ecosystems and nature’s contributions to people.