ThinkNature presents the Nature-based Solutions Handbook

Officially launched at the Bucharest Forum on NBS, the Nature-based Solutions Handbook is one of the most important outcomes of the EU project ThinkNature. Its main objective is to gather and promote state-of-the-art knowledge regarding NBS, comprising a comprehensive guide to all relevant actors. Each aspect of NBS is investigated, from project development to financing and policy making, and is presented in a concise and effective way.

Besides increasing public awarness about NBS, the Handbook contributes to:

  • Expanding knowledge base about effectiveness of NBS;
  • Supporting implementation of NBS through enhancing their replicability and upscaling;
  • Utilising knowledge and experience of stakeholders, and;
  • Proposing a comprehensive methodological approach for innovation.

The Handbook is highly recommended to all stakeholder groups that use NBS in their work, but it can also be useful for other organisations and individuals that comprise potential NBS stakeholders.

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Nature-Based Solutions: From Innovation to Common Use (NBS2017)

The NBS2017 conference was the flagship conference of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. NBS2017 was organised by the Estonian Ministry of the Environment and Tallinn University and it was held on 24 – 26 October 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia. Short video with the main highlights of the conference can be found below:

During three days, over 400 participants from 39 different countries participated with around 50 presentations on nature-based solutions topics.

The conference was divided into five thematic topics:

  • Blue-green infrastructure in smart cities;
  • Integrated water management through natural systems;
  • ICT as a supporting tool for nature-based solutions and ecosystems;
  • Ecological restoration through eco-innovation;
  • NBS in circular economy;

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Overview of calls for cities and communities in Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges

The newly published work programme for Societal Challenges 5 includes several calls for cities and urban development. The focus in the calls is on circular cities, nature-based solutions, health in cities and transforming urban heritage:

  • CE-SC5-03-2018: Demonstrating systemic urban development for circular and regenerative cities. Innovation Action, Budget range 10 MEUR per project
  • SC5-13-2018-2019: Strengthening international cooperation on sustainable urbanisation: nature-based solutions for restoration and rehabilitation of urban ecosystems. Research and Innovation action, budget range: 5 MEUR per project
  • SC5-14-2019: Visionary and integrated solutions to improve well-being and health in cities. Innovation Action, budget range 10 MEUR per project
  • SC5-20-2019: Transforming historic urban areas and/or cultural landscapes into hubs of entrepreneurship and social and cultural integration. Innovation action, budget range: 7-8 MEUR per project

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