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WaterTalks: Water Storage: Nature-based Solutions for Resilient Communities Video

Pieter van der Zaag is a professor of integrated water resources management at the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft, The Netherlands and professor at Delft University of Technology. This talk was presented on Sept. 15, 2016 as part of the Water Institute's ongoing WaterTalks series.
The presentation addresses if alternative ways of increasing water storage capacity exist that minimize negative impacts. Topics covered include: 1) enhanced availability and use of groundwater through soil and water conservation measures and artificial recharge and 2) enhanced storage capacity in dry river beds of seasonal (ephemeral) rivers, through so-called sand dams.

WaterTalks: Water Storage: Nature-based Solutions for Resilient Communities by Pieter van der Zaag

Actions: Carbon Sequestration, Coastal Resilience, Watershed Management & Ecosystem Restoration

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Goals: Restoring Degraded Ecosystems Using NbS

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A guide to using nature-based solutions Video

Together with CEC's strategic input, IUCN's Eastern and Southern Africa's Regional Programme published this educational documentary to show how communities living around the Mt Elgon in Kenya and Uganda use natural solutions, which are always available, to help tackle environmental challenges efficiently.

Think Nature: A guide to using nature-based solutions

Actions: Enhancing Ecosystems' Insurance Value, Sustainable use of Matter & Energy, Watershed Management & Ecosystem Restoration

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Goals: Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, Restoring Degraded Ecosystems Using NbS

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URBANFLUXES: Heat produced in our cities is affecting human mortality Video

Cities are much warmer than their surroundings. Urban structures absorb and trap more solar and thermal radiation than soils or vegetation and that causes an increase in the urban temperature. Moreover, many human activities add heat to the urban climate. The heating and the cooling of buildings, the traffic, various industrial activities and our own human metabolism release energy in the form of heat, called anthropogenic heat. Because of these effects the rate of warming in cities is higher than the average global warming, a phenomenon known as the Urban Heat Island (UHI). Especially during heat waves, which are expected to occur more often, the UHI plus the heat wave can create an increase in energy consumption, a decrease in human comfort and significant human mortality.

URBANFLUXES investigates the cities' warming by breaking down the urban energy budget and targeting the anthropogenic heat flux. For this research we use imagery from Earth Observation satellites combined with conventional meteorological measurements at street level. The resulted satellite-based approach is expected to be easily transferable to any city. With this knowledge, measures to reduce urban heat can be monitored and tested.

Heat produced in our cities is affecting human mortality

Actions: Well-being in Urban Areas

Ecosystem Services: Ecosystem Services: Urban

Goals: Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, Sustainable Urbanisation in cities

Impacts: Carbon sequestration, Climate change, Human well-being, Public health

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Mangroves : Reducing the Risk of Disaster through Nature-Based Solutions Video

The coastal mangrove forest is the buffer between land and sea, playing the critical role of protecting the land and coastal communities from storms, wind and erosion. The short documentary takes us to an island in Southern Thailand illustrating how mangroves have depleted greatly in the last 50 years, how people have been affected, and shows what is being done to restore these habitats to secure a more sustainable future. The Mangrove Action Project have been working with IUCN and local sub-district government organizations to demonstrate the model of Community-based Ecological Mangrove Restoration on the island for others to follow at a larger scale. Our vision is to restore abandoned shrimp ponds back into lush mangroves with the local people, greatly improving their lives, securing a more sustainable future, and ensuring the most effective protection from storms for generations to come.

Mangroves : Reducing the Risk of Disaster through Nature-Based Solutions

Actions: Coastal Resilience, Watershed Management & Ecosystem Restoration

Ecosystem Services: Ecosystem Services: Coastal

Goals: Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, Restoring Degraded Ecosystems Using NbS, Risk Management and Resilience

Impacts: Afforestation, Biodiversity, Climate change, Land management, Nature-based solutions, Resilience

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Earth Observation to support Nature Based Solutions - The FAST Project Documentary Video

Foreshore Assessment using Space Technology (FAST, 2014 - 2018) is a project funded by the European Union's (EU) Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement number 607131. FAST is developing down-stream services for the European Earth Observation Programme Copernicus to support cost-effective, nature-based shoreline protection against flooding and erosion.

Earth Observation to support Nature Based Solutions - The FAST Project Documentary

Actions: Coastal Resilience

Ecosystem Services: Ecosystem Services: Coastal

Goals: Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, Risk Management and Resilience

Impacts: Climate change, Land management, Nature-based solutions, Resilience

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URBES Barcelona - Embracing the Vision of a Greener Future Video

The URBES project is funded as part of the EU's 7th Framework Programme for Research by BiodivERsA, which is a network of 21 research-funding agencies across 15 European countries promoting pan-European research that generates new knowledge for the conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity.

URBES Barcelona - Embracing the Vision of a Greener Future

Actions: Carbon Sequestration, Urban Regeneration, Well-being in Urban Areas

Ecosystem Services: Ecosystem Services: Urban

Goals: Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, Sustainable Urbanisation in cities

Impacts: Biodiversity, Carbon sequestration, Climate change, Ecosystem services, Green infrastructure, Human well-being, Nature-based solutions, Urbanisation

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Corporate Clip Room for the River english Video

The river will be given more room at more then 30 locations covered by the 'Room for the River' programme. The main objectives of this programme are to complete the flood protection measures by 2015 and to improve the overall environmental quality in the river region.

Corporate Clip Room for the River english

Actions: Watershed Management & Ecosystem Restoration

Ecosystem Services: Ecosystem Services: Rivers and lakes

Goals: Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, Risk Management and Resilience

Impacts: Climate change, Land management, Nature-based solutions, Resilience

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Water Management - The Delta Approach Video

The Netherlands is a low-lying country where the rivers, the IJsselmeer and the North Sea provide an abundance of water. Geographically speaking, this area is a delta. The Delta Programme was designed to protect the Netherlands against flooding and to secure freshwater supplies.

Animation on the Delta Programme in The Netherlands - English version.

Actions: Watershed Management & Ecosystem Restoration

Ecosystem Services: Ecosystem Services: Rivers and lakes, Ecosystem Services: Urban

Goals: Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, Risk Management and Resilience

Impacts: Climate change, Land management, Nature-based solutions, Resilience

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Characterisation of nature-based solutions for the built environmentArticle

Nature has provided humankind with food, fuel, and shelter throughout evolutionary history. However, in contemporary cities, many natural landscapes have become degraded and replaced with impermeable hard surfaces (e.g., roads, paving, car parks and buildings). The reversal of this trend is dynamic, complex and still in its infancy. There are many facets of urban greening initiatives involving multiple benefits, sensitivities and limitations. The aim of this paper is to develop a characterisation method of nature based solutions for designing and retrofitting in the built environment, and to facilitate knowledge transfer between disciplines and for design optimisation. Based on a review of the literature across disciplines, key characteristics could be organised into four groups: policy and community initiatives, multiple benefits assessment, topology, and design options. Challenges and opportunities for developing a characterisation framework to improve the use of nature based solutions in the built environment are discussed.C2017 by the authors.

Link: https://doi.org/10.3390/su9010149

Actions: Urban Regeneration, Well-being in Urban Areas

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Goals: Sustainable Urbanisation in cities

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Webinar: The MI SAFE package Webinar

MI-SAFE is a package of services designed to help with meeting the requirements of managers and engineers who may be looking to implement nature based flood defence strategies in order to meet the challenge of reducing the cost of flood protection as well as assisting efforts towards a more wide-spread and successful restoration and conservation of coastal ecosystems. MI-SAFE includes a free viewer based on open source standards

Webinar: The MI SAFE package (delivered on 20th July 2017)

Actions: Coastal Resilience

Ecosystem Services: Ecosystem Services: Coastal

Goals: Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, Risk Management and Resilience

Impacts: Climate change, Land management, Nature-based solutions, Resilience

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