Enhancing Ecosystems' Insurance Value


NbS for enhancing the insurance value of ecosystems

Τypologies and classification of NBS practices - ThinkNature Webinar 1

Submitted by Somarakis Giorgos on January 23, 2019 - 12:35pm

This document concerns the second presentation about typologies and classification of NBS practices, presented by Nikolaos Nikolaidis during the first ThinkNature webinar about "NBS: Concept, Practices and Benefits". This webinar invited scientists, business/market actors, policy makers and authorities’/organizations’ representatives to discover the concept, practices and benefits of NBS.

The Nature-based Solutions framework - ThinkNature Webinar 1

Submitted by Somarakis Giorgos on January 23, 2019 - 12:32pm

This document concerns the first presentation about defining the framework of NBS, presented by Emmanuelle Cohen-Shacham during the first ThinkNature webinar about "NBS: Concept, Practices and Benefits". This webinar invited scientists, business/market actors, policy makers and authorities’/organizations’ representatives to discover the concept, practices and benefits of NBS.

The Business Case for Investing in Soil Health

Submitted by Juraj Jurik on December 24, 2018 - 11:01am

Soil health also forms a key part of our action on climate change. Healthy soils can help us withstand the effects of climate change that we are locked into, whilst avoiding soil and land degradation and increasing soil carbon stores could help us deliver our commitments to reduce emissions and limit global warming to 2 ⁰C.

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Global recognition that ecosystems are key to human resilience in a warming world

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Submitted by David Parastatidis on November 19, 2018 - 6:03pm

Ecosystems are not merely vulnerable to climate change but, if sustainably restored and protected, are a major source of human resilience. Not only is the science evidence-base for this perspective growing rapidly, but ecosystems are featuring with increasing prominence in global climate change policy.

Evidence Brief—How effective are Nature-based Solutions to climate change adaptation?

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Submitted by David Parastatidis on November 19, 2018 - 6:02pm

There is growing recognition that naturebased (or ‘green’) solutions - i.e. the restoration or rehabilitation and protection of natural habitats - when applied strategically and equitably can not only safeguard biodiversity and ecosystem services but also help people adapt to climate change [1,2]. The type of NbS targeted at helping people adapt to the impacts and hazards of climate change is widely referred to as “Ecosystem-based Adaptation” (EbA).

Ecosystem Based Adaptation: Knowledge Gaps in Making an Economic Case for Investing in Nature Based Solutions for Climate Change

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Submitted by David Parastatidis on November 19, 2018 - 6:00pm

Changes in global climate are increasingly having adverse impacts on human populations and natural systems. This has resulted in increased efforts to come up with options that can mitigate the impacts, as well as help to adapt to already occurring changes.

Ecosystem-based adaptation: Question-based guidance for assessing effectiveness

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Submitted by David Parastatidis on November 19, 2018 - 5:59pm

This booklet sets out guidance for assessing the effectiveness of an ecosystem-based approach to climate change adaptation. It describes a process, based around asking a detailed set of questions, that can be used by project managers and researchers to shape project design, assess the progress of an ongoing project or draw conclusions about the effectiveness of a project that has ended.

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: