a Nature Based Solutions knowledge diffusion and assessment platform for re-naturing cities

Nature4Cities is a Horizon 2020 EU-funded Research & Innovation project, creating a comprehensive reference Platform for Nature Based Solutions (NBS), offering technical solutions, methods and tools to empower urban planning decision making. This will help addressing the contemporary environmental, social and economic challenges faced by European Cities. We will bring Nature back into innovation, planning and implementation driven thinking. This new technical and governance approach implies collaborative models driven by citizens, researchers, policy makers, and industry leaders, relying on participative processes and sharing of Best Practice.

Nature Based Solutions

Nature Based Solutions are positive responses to societal challenges, and can have the potential to simultaneously meet environmental, social and economic objectives. They are actions inspired by, supported by or copied from nature; both using and enhancing existing solutions to challenges, as well as exploring more novel ones. Nature Based Solutions are ideally resilient to change, as well as energy and ressources efficient. They recognize the importance to develop a systemic approach and at the same time to adapt interventions to the local context.

Objectives of the project

  • Improve the Integration of NBS in urban and spatial planning
  • Build a new and active community network around NBS
  • Offer high quality decision-support tools for re-naturing cities
  • Build a holistic assessment framework for NBS
  • Develop a reference knowledge base on NBS and Best Practice sharing
  • Propose new governance, business and financial models for NBS implementation

Source: Nature4Cities - About

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