Coastal Resilience


Establishing NbS for coastal resilience

Building land with a rising sea

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Submitted by David Parastatidis on November 19, 2018 - 6:05pm

Coastal lowlands are increasingly exposed to flood risks from sea-level rise and extreme weather events (1). Megacities like Shanghai, London, New York, and Bangkok that lie in vast river deltas are particularly vulnerable. Dramatic flood disasters include the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005, Hurricane Sandy in New York in 2012, and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013.

Nature-Based Solutions

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Submitted by David Parastatidis on November 19, 2018 - 5:56pm

The idea of ‘nature-based solutions’ (NBS) is now being used to reframe policy debates on biodiversity conservation, climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies, and the sustainable use of natural resources, among other issues. While interesting and potentially useful for those debates, it is a concept that still needs to be clearly defined; its use is not confined to discussions about ecosystem services and natural capital.

The science, policy and practice of nature-based solutions: An interdisciplinary perspective

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Submitted by David Parastatidis on November 19, 2018 - 5:50pm

In this paper, we reflect on the implications for science, policy and practice of the recently introduced concept of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS), with a focus on the European context. First, we analyse NBS in relation to similar concepts, and reflect on its relationship to sustainability as an overarching framework. From this, we derive a set of questions to be addressed and propose a general framework for how these might be addressed in NBS projects by funders, researchers, policy-makers and practitioners. We conclude that:

The Effectiveness, Costs and Coastal Protection Benefits of Natural and NatureBased Defences

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Submitted by David Parastatidis on November 19, 2018 - 5:46pm

"There is great interest in the restoration and conservation of coastal habitats for protection from flooding and erosion. This is evidenced by the growing number of analyses and reviews of the effectiveness of habitats as natural defences and increasing funding worldwide for nature-based defences–i.e. restoration projects aimed at coastal protection; yet, there is no synthetic information on what kinds of projects are effective and cost effective for this purpose.

The URBES project wins the BiodivERsA Prize for Excellence and Impact

The URBES project has been awarded the opportunity to present their work in an animated video as part of the BiodivERsA Prize for Excellence and Impact.

The URBES project demonstrated, for the first time at this scale, the importance and the value of ecosystem services and nature-based solutions provided by urban biodiversity in European cities, enabling the authorities to work with these concepts in their urban planning strategies.

Solutions inspired by nature

Submitted by Maria Lilli on September 12, 2018 - 3:30pm

Nature-based solutions (NBS) aim to help societies to address a variety of environmental, social and economic challenges in sustainable ways. They are actions which are inspired by and supported by nature. Some involve using and enhancing existing natural solutions to challenges, while others are exploring more novel solutions, for example, based on how non-human organisms and communities cope with environmental extremes. NBS are energy and resource-efficient, and resilient to change, but to be successful they must be adapted to local conditions.

Workshop with Horizon 2020 SC5 programme committee representatives and Member States and Associated Countries (MS/AC) experts

Submitted by Nikolaos Nikolaidis on August 21, 2018 - 3:03pm

Workshop with Horizon 2020 SC5 programme committee representatives and Member States and Associated Countries (MS/AC) experts
NATURE BASED SOLUTIONS
2 June 2017 9:00-16:00
(CDMA building, SDR1-2, Rue du Champ de Mars, 21, Brussels)

Plan for the future: Advancing ecological engineering through science, conceptual design, and community resilience building

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Submitted by David Parastatidis on June 22, 2018 - 5:51pm

By the latter part of the twenty-first century, the globe and all societies present will be faced with compelling environmental and climatic circumstances requiring hard choices and tradeoffs to maintain standards of living and viable environmental conditions. One opportunity to shift this reality is through greater understanding of the services and benefits provided by ecosystems as a cost effective means of regulating the impacts of natural disasters and climatic change.