Nature-based Solutions for advancing on urban sustainability​

“Nature-based solutions are a winning strategy for addressing multiple challenges in climate-resilient development” ​

Nature-based Solutions (NbS) contribute significantly to sustainability in general by promoting a harmonious coexistence between human activities and the natural world. They help conserve biodiversity, reduce the ecological footprint of urban areas, mitigate climate change impacts, improve health and wellbeing of humans and provide essential ecosystem services that support e.g. agriculture, clean water, and air quality. Furthermore, NbS can reduce the risk of flooding resulting from intense precipitation events by effectively storing excess water. Additionally, they offer the added benefit of heat mitigation, helping to reduce the urban heat island effect and create cooler, more comfortable urban environments. ​

Major policy questions:

  • How can the urban landscape become more sustainable while addressing climate change related hazards as flooding and extreme heat by NbS implementation?​
  • What is the appropriate NbS quantity and timing for executing green infrastructure measures?
  • Where should these NbS be strategically located?

All cities, Athens, Milan, Logroño, Gdynia and Lillestrøm, are dealing with the above-mentioned questions as NbS deployment at urban scale can be challenging despite their benefits. Climate Impact diagrams allow the analysis of climate change risks while developing a share understanding on the sustainability opportunities for different city sectors. As the built environment often presence a dense structure, an opportunity mapping may help to identify potential locations for greening. The adaptation pathway approach allows the benchmark of different adaptation pathway alternatives based on their effectiveness and co-benefits (social-cohesion, biodiversity increase, water quality etc.) and allows to build a general greening strategy. On the other hand, CRCT provides insight at project level on the best solution design for flooding and heat risks management.​

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The climate story of Gdynia​

Short summary: A story about Jan and Maria during extreme precipitation.

Theme: Flooding

End user: Citizens

Link to the story: under construction