NbS Knowledge Hub


Knowledge Repository

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

Latest entries

  1. Cooling our Cities: Advances in Science and Design for the Mitigation of Urban Heat, M. Santamouris - ThinkNature Webinar 2
    Video/Webinar Resource: Webinar,

    This recording concerns the first presentation about mitigating climate change in urban areas, presented by Mattheos Santamouris during the second ThinkNature webinar at 14/3/2019 about "...

    Submitted on March 19, 2019 - 5:15pm

  2. Effective Practices and New Concepts in the Design and Implementation of NBS - ThinkNature Webinar 2
    NbS Resource Document: Presentation,
    This document concerns the third presentation about NBS water-related practices, presented by Dimitra Theochari during the second ThinkNature webinar about "Technology and Practice of NBS...
    Submitted on March 19, 2019 - 4:45pm

  3. Technology and Practice on NBS - ThinkNature Webinar 2
    NbS Resource Document: Presentation,
    This document concerns the second presentation about NBS landscape practices, presented by Tom Armour during the second ThinkNature webinar about "Technology and Practice of NBS". This...
    Submitted on March 19, 2019 - 4:40pm

  4. Cooling our Cities: Advances in Science and Design for the Mitigation of Urban Heat - ThinkNature Webinar 2
    NbS Resource Document: Presentation,
    This document concerns the first presentation about mitigating climate change in urban areas, presented by Mattheos Santamouris during the second ThinkNature webinar about " Technology and...
    Submitted on March 19, 2019 - 4:31pm

  5. TOWARDS ELECTIONS
    NbS Resource Document: Article,
    The EU has heavily invested in projects to renature cities. After the European elections, a new executive will head the EU. What will happen to the NBS policy?
    Submitted on February 4, 2019 - 11:31am

NBS Latest Documents

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.
Updated date: 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.

NbS Videos

  1. Τypologies and classification of NBS practices, N. Nikolaidis - ThinkNature Webinar 1
    Uploaded: January 24, 2019 - 5:55pm


  2. Multiple benefits of Nature-based Solutions, N. Kabisch - ThinkNature Webinar 1
    Uploaded: January 24, 2019 - 5:58pm


  3. Discussion - Q&A, E.Cohen-Shacham, N.Nikolaidis, N.Kabisch, FORTH - ThinkNature Webinar 1
    Uploaded: January 24, 2019 - 6:01pm


  4. Nature-based solutions to the hazards and impacts of climate change
    Uploaded: November 20, 2018 - 12:06pm


  5. The URBES project wins the BiodivERsA Prize for Excellence and Impact
    Uploaded: October 22, 2018 - 1:59pm