Impact

Nature-based Solutions to Promote Climate Resilience in Urban Areas

Article: Some of the EKLIPSE Expert Working Group members have also published the following article:   

Raymond et al. (2017) A framework for assessing and implementing the co-benefits of nature-based solutions in urban areas. Environmental Science & Policy, 77: 15-24

In this paper, we developed a holistic framework for assessing co-benefits (and costs) of nature-based solutions and developed and proposed a seven-stage process for situating co-benefit assessment within policy and project implementation.  We found that nature-based solutions can have environmental, social and economic co-benefits and/or costs both within and across these 10 societal challenges. On that base, we develop and propose a seven-stage process for situating co-benefit assessment within policy and project implementation. The seven stages include: 1) identify problem or opportunity; 2) select and assess NBS and related actions; 3) design NBS implementation processes; 4) implement NBS; 5) frequently engage stakeholders and communicate co-benefits; 6) transfer and upscale NBS; and 7) monitor and evaluate co-benefits across all stages. We conclude that the developed framework together with the seven-stage co-benefit assessment process represent a valuable tool for guiding thinking and identifying the multiple values of NBS implementation. 

This journal article was prepared by some members of the of the EKLIPSE Expert Working Group on NBS to Promote Climate Resilience as a separate activity to the EKLIPSE NBS report.  We acknowledge important contributions of the EKLIPSE Expert Working Group on NBS to Promote Climate Resilience in Urban Areas in the identification of actions, indicators and methods underpinning the assessment framework. We would like to thank the EU FP7 IMPRESSIONS project (Grant No. 603416) for funding the design of the figures and tables. This work was financially supported by GREEN SURGE, EU FP7 collaborative project, FP7-ENV.2013.6.2-5-603567 and by a grant of the Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research and Innovation, CNCS −UEFISCDI, project number PN-II-RU-TE-2014-4-0434. Author Dr. Frantzeskaki Niki was also supported by the ARTS Project (Accelerating and Rescaling Sustainability Transitions) funded by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) (Grand No 603654).

Read about our report here. 

 

Nature-based solutions European Parliament briefing Nov 2017

Nature-based solutions: concept, opportunities and challenges.

EPRS | European Parliamentary Research Service
Author: Didier Bourguignon