NbS Knowledge Hub

Knowledge Repository

A Hub for online resources on NbS state-of-the-art practise.

NbS Knowledge Hub - Latest additions

  1. Neo-spaces for urban livability? Urbanites' versatile mental images of green roofs in the Helsinki metropolitan area, Finland
    Within the context of enhancing sustainable and livable urban environments, one aim is to establish multifunctional green infrastructure (GI). We argue that in order to successfully plan and manage...
    NbS Resource Document: Article, Submitted on December 10, 2018 - 4:11pm

  2. Do small green roofs have the possibility to offer recreational and experiential benefits in a dense urban area? A case study in Helsinki, Finland.
    Growing and densifying cities set challenges for preserving and enhancing sufficient and good quality green urban environment. Rooftops offer vacant room for additional urban greening that may...
    NbS Resource Document: Article, Submitted on December 10, 2018 - 3:55pm

  3. Building Urban Resilience with Nature - A Practitioner's Guide to Action
    Recognizing that the value and role of nature was missing from mainstream planning and decision-making processes, Earth Economics and Resilient Melbourne took up the challenge of creating a...
    NbS Resource Document: Report, Submitted on November 30, 2018 - 3:53pm

  4. Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform

    A Knowledge Platform to promote the use of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are the world's best plan to build a better world for people and our planet by 2030. Adopted by all...

    NbS Project: Platform, Submitted on November 23, 2018 - 3:10pm

  5. Benefits of ecosystem restoration: Coastal and Land case studies
    Presentation in Horizon 2020 European Dialogue and Clustering Action "Transforming cities, enhancing wellbeing: innovating with nature-based solutions" (Coruna, Spain: 16-18 May 2018) about...
    NbS Resource Document: Presentation, Submitted on November 22, 2018 - 12:59pm

  6. Nature-based Solutions in a lake: Marker Wadden
    Presentation in Horizon 2020 European Dialogue and Clustering Action "Transforming cities, enhancing wellbeing: innovating with nature-based solutions" (Coruna, Spain: 16-18 May 2018) about...
    NbS Resource Document: Presentation, Submitted on November 22, 2018 - 12:59pm

  7. Can we reconnect rivers and provide multi-functional restoration in Med areas?
    Presentation in Horizon 2020 European Dialogue and Clustering Action "Transforming cities, enhancing wellbeing: innovating with nature-based solutions" (Coruna, Spain: 16-18 May 2018) about...
    NbS Resource Document: Presentation, Submitted on November 22, 2018 - 12:57pm

  8. Nature-based solutions to the hazards and impacts of climate change

    A new animation explaining the fundamental importance of nature-based solutions to the hazards and impacts of climate change.
    It is the first of a series of animations aimed at general...

    Video/Webinar Resource: Video, Submitted on November 20, 2018 - 12:06pm

  9. Damming deltas: A practice of the past? Towards nature-based flood defense
    There is extensive experience in adaptive management of exposed sandy coastlines through sand nourishment for coastal protection. However, in complex estuarine systems, coastlines are often shortened...
    NbS Resource Document: Article, Submitted on November 19, 2018 - 6:06pm

NBS Latest Documents

Updated date: December 10, 2018 - 4:19pm
Within the context of enhancing sustainable and livable urban environments, one aim is to establish multifunctional green infrastructure (GI). We argue that in order to successfully plan and manage the development of GI, an inclusive and future-oriented stance concerning the needs and expectations of urbanites is required. By using green roofs as an example, the aim of this paper was to offer insights into how people envisage novel GI in urban environments and to reveal the scope of meanings and values people attach to these kinds of green infrastructure.
Updated date: December 10, 2018 - 4:17pm
Growing and densifying cities set challenges for preserving and enhancing sufficient and good quality green urban environment. Rooftops offer vacant room for additional urban greening that may contribute to the well-being of people and the liveability of cities, but this potential lacks empirical support. In spite of the fact that even small green spaces produce, for example restorative experiences, the literature concerning the experiential and recreational benefits of green roofs is still scarce.
Updated date: November 30, 2018 - 4:05pm
Recognizing that the value and role of nature was missing from mainstream planning and decision-making processes, Earth Economics and Resilient Melbourne took up the challenge of creating a practitioner resource for all those who are determined to take concrete steps to bridging the gap between the need to value nature, and political and financial will in policy and capital investments.
Updated date: November 22, 2018 - 12:59pm
Presentation in Horizon 2020 European Dialogue and Clustering Action "Transforming cities, enhancing wellbeing: innovating with nature-based solutions" (Coruna, Spain: 16-18 May 2018) about "Benefits of ecosystem restoration"
Updated date: November 22, 2018 - 12:59pm
Presentation in Horizon 2020 European Dialogue and Clustering Action "Transforming cities, enhancing wellbeing: innovating with nature-based solutions" (Coruna, Spain: 16-18 May 2018) about "Benefits of ecosystem restoration"
Updated date: November 22, 2018 - 3:19pm
Presentation in Horizon 2020 European Dialogue and Clustering Action "Transforming cities, enhancing wellbeing: innovating with nature-based solutions" (Coruna, Spain: 16-18 May 2018) about "Benefits of ecosystem restoration"
Updated date: November 19, 2018 - 6:06pm
There is extensive experience in adaptive management of exposed sandy coastlines through sand nourishment for coastal protection. However, in complex estuarine systems, coastlines are often shortened through damming estuaries to achieve desired safety levels. The Dutch Deltaworks illustrate that this approach disrupts natural sediment fluxes and harms ecosystem health, which negatively affects derived ecosystem services, such as freshwater availability and mussel and oyster farming. This heavily impacts local communities and thus requires additional maintenance and management efforts.
Updated date: 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.
Updated date: 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.
Updated date: 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).
Updated date: November 19, 2018 - 6:01pm
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 is used by a number of organisations and in many developed and developing countries as a means for climate adaptation, especially at the community level. It is also applied for disaster risk reduction.
Updated date: November 19, 2018 - 5:59pm
This booklet sets out guidance for assessing the effectiveness of an ecosystem-based approach to climate change adaptation.
Updated date: 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.
Updated date: November 19, 2018 - 5:51pm
The presented study aimed at identifying and assessing public preferences for variations in tree species composition, tree height structure, and presence of dead trees left for natural decay—forest characteristics which are likely to be affected when subjecting stands to nature-based forest management in the temperate, nemoral deciduous zone. Data were collected by means of a questionnaire and by applying choice experiments to elicit people's willingness to pay (WTP).
Updated date: 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.