Risk Management and Resilience


This domain will initiate and sustain dialogue among the various stakeholders (private and public sector, architects, practitioners, policy maker), on nature-based solutions in the context of risk management and resilience of NBS. The dialogue will address methods for combining NBS for risk management in various levels such as reduction of pollution, carbon storage, preservation of biodiversity, recreational activities, and economic opportunities. Synergies in reducing multiple risks in regional level and influence of local level risk management on regional and EU level as well as alternatives on how to leverage funds for long term benefits and to ensure massive involvement of politicians and private companies in the implementation and funding of such solutions will be examined. Ecosystem-based solutions as an innovative way for risk management which combines different scales and planning perspectives will be considered.

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.

Ecosystem-based adaptation: a win–win formula for sustainability in a warming world?

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Submitted by David Parastatidis on November 19, 2018 - 5:35pm
Many national and international environmental agreements acknowledge that the impoverishment of ecosystems is limiting the world’s capacity to adapt to climate change and that ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) approaches should be harnessed as a priority. EbA has the potential to increase adaptive capacity and social and ecological resilience to climate change in both developed and developing countries.

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.

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.

Managing flood risks using nature-based solutions in Nouakchott, Mauritania

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Submitted by David Parastatidis on June 22, 2018 - 5:48pm
Whether or not exacerbated by climate change, flood risks are becoming more frequent in the capital city of Nouakchott in Mauritania. Flooding in Nouakchott is due to a combination of both natural factors and human activities. The extreme fragility of the barrier beach that protects the city from the sea, the accelerated exploitation and inadequate infrastructure built along the coast have made this barrier beach highly vulnerable to wave action, exposing the city to a high risk of flooding. Flooding is further exacerbated by rising groundwater levels in several neighborhoods of the city.