Enhancing Ecosystems' Insurance Value


NbS for enhancing the insurance value of ecosystems

Nature-based solutions: delivering national-level adaptation and global goals

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Submitted by David Parastatidis on November 19, 2018 - 5:30pm
Many of the world’s vital natural ecosystems, and the communities reliant on them, are vulnerable to climate change. But there is increasing recognition that ecosystems — if sustainably restored and protected — can also form a strong line of defence against the direct impacts of climate change and support human adaptation over the long term. As the evidence base grows, ecosystems are increasingly prominent in climate change policy, especially in developing nations. Yet intentions rarely translate into robust and informed measurable targets, undermining action.

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.

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) Purpose of the workshop - To strengthen an informal but targeted dialogue on NBS between MS/AC and Commission services. It should increase the shared awareness, understanding and ownership of and engagement in a NBS R&I Roadmap for the promotion, upscaling and mainstreaming of NBS into policies and operations at various scales.

Including Nature in Engineering Decisions for Sustainability

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Submitted by David Parastatidis on June 22, 2018 - 5:47pm
This article describes methods and concepts for emulating and including nature's role in engineering activities, with the expectation that they will contribute to sustainable engineering. Existing nature-inspired methods function at different levels ranging from individual products to large integrated networks.

Urban green space in the transition to the eco-city: Policies, multifunctionality and narrative

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Submitted by David Parastatidis on June 22, 2018 - 5:46pm
Urban green space provides multiple benefits to city dwellers- both human and non-human. These 'nature-based solutions' include mitigating urban heat and stormwater runoff, providing biodiversity habitat and contributing to human health and wellbeing, and social and cultural processes, which are key elements in creating ecological cities. In the transition to eco-cities, public policies for urban green space provision can make substantial contributions.

Ecosystem services reference book

Submitted by Stavros Stagakis on June 20, 2018 - 2:04pm
This reference book is made up of currently 26 individual Synthesis Papers (SPs) generated by the OpenNESS members. The individual SPs have been formally consulted within the entire OpenNESS consortium and hence represent an agreed document for OpenNESS defining and elaborating on essential ideas linked to the ecosystem service concept. All SPs have been gone through an editorial process including approved revisions. The consultation was handled for the consortium in a transparent way, e.g., the consortium could see how authors responded to the comments/criticism on the original drafts.

Nature-based solutions for local climate adaptation in the Basque Country

Submitted by Stavros Stagakis on June 20, 2018 - 2:02pm
Natural Solutions, in the context of this Guide, refer to those urban interventions from a broad perspective, use nature - and its processes - to mitigate the impacts arising from climate change and foster the adaptation of the municipality and the general public to the changes. These Natural Solutions include both micro-scale interventions in buildings, such as green roofs and facades, and also other natural elements, blue and green infrastructures in the public spaces, connected to the parks and natural areas of the municipalities.