Imagine a world where there are nature rich spaces, open and accessible to everybody, within a mile from everybody’s homes. The things that give our landscapes character and sense of place, such as dry-stone walls of the Yorkshire Dales, the hedgerows of the midland shires, or the parks and street trees in our towns and cities, are intact and flourishing. Businesses of all types, including farms, are drawing value and earning an income from natural assets, be that being paid for the value that pollinators bring to the food chain, or being able to run wildlife tourism businesses.
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‘Farming with Nature’ is a new book based on scientific research, which provides a practical guide to how conservation efforts aimed at the grey partridge can benefit farmland biodiversity. The grey partridge is one of the fastest declining farmland birds in Europe – by over 90% since the 1970s.
With the cruise ships gone and the souvenir stalls closed, the coronavirus lockdown has transformed La Serenissima’s waterways
Look down into the waters of the Venice canals today and there is a surprising sight – not just a clear view of the sandy bed, but shoals of tiny fish, scuttling crabs and multicoloured plant-life.
This post is by Tony Juniper CBE, chair of Natural England and Emma Howard Boyd, chair of the Environment Agency.
As we start the New Year, it’s clear that 2020 is our last chance to bring the world together to take decisive action on climate change, to protect our communities and reverse the alarming loss of wildlife we have witnessed in recent years.
Visit this interactive bibliography on Nature-based Solutions, maintained by the Nature-based Solutions Initiative. You can explore publications on the role or use of biodiversity and ecosystems to
1) address impacts from climate change
2) help store carbon or reduce carbon emissions, and
3) promote ecosystem-health in the context of climate change.
The UNaLab team are guest editing a special issue of the Open Access journal Resources on the topic 'Nature-based Solutions for Urban Global Climate Adaptation'. They now invite papers that address one or more of the following issues:
i) multiple impacts, costs, (co-)benefits and economic viability of NBS across spatial, temporal and social scales;
The European Union has recognised sustainable urbanisation as a global challenge. EU research and innovation programmes are helping cities to become inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable in Europe and other cities worldwide.
Oppla and Connecting Nature have developed a free software tool that will make it easier for organisations and projects to share case studies and other nature-based solutions (NBS) information.
The new API (Application Programming Interface) is freely available from Oppla and can be easily customised to display or share specific groups of case studies. Tom Butlin, the Oppla programmer leading the development, describes the API: “you can think of it as a series of pipes that allow data to flow between websites”.
ThinkNature hosted the first webinar in a series of four on the concept, practices and benefits of nature-based solutions.
Three nature-based solutions experts shared their expertise and attendees also had the opportunity to participate in short surveys and pose their own questions. The webinar speakers were:
Emmanuelle Cohen-Shacham, Nature-based Solutions Thematic Group Leader, Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Environment Agency have been working in partnership with the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Rijkswaterstaat in the Netherlands and NGos to develop the recently published 'Engineering with Nature an Atlas' featuring 10 UK case studies.