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World Health Day: Nature's big impact for health

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7 April 2024

The 7th of April is World Health Day . This international celebration organised by the World Health Organisation is focused on the topic ' My health, my right ’ in 2024.

Around the globe the World Health Organization estimates that at least 140 countries recognise health as a human right...

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NetworkNature TF 4 Digest: April

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2 April 2024

The NetworkNature Task Force 4 (Communicators) is pleased to provide you with a summary of upcoming events and opportunities announced by Horizon 2020/Europe projects and select Missions. This Task Force is responsible for synergizing and enhancing communication approaches and messages across...

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Receive support to develop NbS education actions!

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26 March 2024

Calling all organisations involved in education, STEM to apply to the “NBS EduWORLD Call for Proposals on Nature-based Solutions Education Projects” in urban, rural and coastal ecosystems.

The NBS EduWORLD project connects various education and Nature-based Solutions stakeholders,...

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Join the virtual lineup for the TNOC Festival

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25 March 2024

Great things are possible when we gather together for nature. Join in for an exciting lineup of virtual events at the upcoming TNOC Festival — 15-26 April ! From talks to workshops, art exhibitions to films, and even virtual field trips, there's something for everyone to enjoy over the span of...

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Charting Pathways for Freshwater Restoration in Europe

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4 March 2024

In a landmark development, the MERLIN project has released a policy briefing , illuminating European Union (EU) policies crucial for driving the integration of Nature-based Solutions (NbS) in freshwater restoration efforts across Europe. This brochure, a treasure trove of insights, holds immense...

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Flip the script: Unlock finance to protect & restore biodiversity

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3 March 2024

In a groundbreaking effort to address the urgent challenge of biodiversity loss 13 leading experts and stakeholders from 10 different countries are coming together to explore innovative solutions that unlock financial flows towards biodiversity conservation.

Kicking-off in Brussels,...

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NbS Comics: A Creative Force for Environmental Education

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29 February 2024

In a world where comics capture the imagination of millions of people, why not use the power of visual storytelling to raise awareness of critical environmental and social issues? With an estimated 500 million people around the globe regularly reading comics, the potential impact of this medium...

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NetworkNature TF 4 Digest: March

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28 February 2024

The NetworkNature Task Force 4 (Communicators) is pleased to provide you with a summary of upcoming events and opportunities announced by Horizon 2020/Europe projects and select Missions. This Task Force is responsible for synergizing and enhancing communication approaches and messages across...

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Visuals for Nature: Art and Nature-based Solutions

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23 February 2024

NetworkNature takes very seriously its role to raise awareness, share knowledge and build capacities for nature based solutions. This work is underpinned by an EU Research and Innovation NbS Roadmap and NetworkNature’s six priority themes:

Biodiversity enhancement and ecosystem...

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CO-OP4CBD Project: Second Call for Experts in Biodiversity

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21 February 2024

The CO-OP4CBD project team extends an invitation to researchers and practitioners across Europe, EEA, and beyond, as they open the second call for experts to join their biodiversity expert network. This opportunity offers professionals at all career levels the chance to actively contribute to...

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TNOC Festival 2024: The distance between dreams and reality is action

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19 February 2024

TNOC Festival 2024: The distance between dreams and reality is action Virtual: April 15-26 | Berlin: June 4-7

The Nature of Cities (TNOC) is thrilled to announce the TNOC Festival 2024, a global gathering of scientists, artists, and practitioners dedicated to pushing the boundaries of...

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NetworkNature Communicators Report: February Task Force 4 Digest

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7 February 2024

The NetworkNature Task Force 4 (Communicators) is pleased to provide you with a summary of upcoming events and opportunities announced by Horizon 2020/Europe projects and select Missions. This Task Force is responsible for synergizing and enhancing communication approaches and messages across...

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NetworkNature Nordic Hub: Opportunity for Action

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26 January 2024

The Nordic Cities Nature-Based Solutions Project is a pivotal initiative within the Nordic Council of Ministers' comprehensive program to achieve Vision 2030 – making the Nordic Region the most sustainable and integrated region in the World. Focused on promoting nature-based solutions in Nordic...

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Get involved: Your project can shape environmental policy

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22 January 2024

The Directorate-General for Environment (DG ENV) is currently seeking public input for the mid-term review of the 8th Environment Action Programme (EAP), and your project is invited to join the conversation. The 8th EAP outlines the European Union's environmental goals until 2030 and envisions a...

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Invest4Nature Survey of Nature-based Enterprises

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16 January 2024

The Invest4Nature Survey of Nature-based Enterprises launches today!

All private and third sector businesses who work with and for nature in the delivery of nature-based solutions are invited to take part in the 15-20 minute survey to have their voices heard.

All participants...

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NBS Comics 2024 Open Call to comic creators across the globe

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24 November 2023

500 million.

This is a (very rough) estimate of the number of comics (of all kinds) read in the world at least monthly. In other words a lot of people read comics. Although the comics scene is mostly dominated by superheroes, there is a growing movement of using comics towards achieving...

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Urban forests project CLEARING HOUSE shares final outcomes

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25 October 2023

The EU-funded project CLEARING HOUSE is coming to an end - the four-year Sino-European project focused on Urban Forests as Nature-based Solutions (UF-NbS) to improve urban living in Europe and China. Urban Forests are a subset of Nature-based Solutions which use tree-based urban ecosystems to...

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New FAO Urban Forest Guide Released

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25 October 2023

Urban forests play a critical role in fostering sustainable and resilient cities for the future while providing numerous ecosystem services for nature and people.

Last week, at the 2nd World Forum on Urban Forests held in Washington DC on the theme “Greener, healthier and happier cities...

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NetworkNature Enters a New Phase

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17 October 2023

Over the last three years, NetworkNature has served as a platform to maximise opportunities for the spread and uptake of nature-based solutions. NetworkNature has now entered into a new era, officially entering a new funding phase. At a successful meeting in Brussels, a diverse group of...

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Putting Theory into Practice: Success Stories

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Applications now open for the 2024 edition of the Natura 2000 Awards

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23 Agosto 2023

When we protect nature, precious resources and ecosystems are preserved so that citizens can breathe clean air, drink clean water and enjoy the beauty of nature. In this vein, the European Commision has now opened its call for applications to the 2024 edition of the Natura 2000 awards to reward...

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NetworkNature+ Takes Up the NbS Torch

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27 July 2023

NetworkNature is coming to an end this July, but NetworkNature+ will carry the work forward starting in August. NetworkNature+ will build on the legacy of NetworkNature, evolving it into a comprehensive 'network of networks' that partners with diverse audiences to address societal challenges...

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Water4All Upcoming Joint Call

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26 July 2023

This just in: funding Organisations from 30 countries all over Europe and beyond are pleased to announce the coming Joint Transnational Call for research and innovation projects on “Aquatic Ecosystem Services”

Starting Sept. 12th, we will be accepting proposals addressing the following...

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The NbS Hub Family is Growing!

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28 June 2023

Nature-based Solutions Hubs that launched as part of the UrbanByNature Programme and the NetworkNature project are joining forces to grow a network of hubs. What is a network of hubs? A network of networks oriented to support NbS implementation and work across policy scales. By nature, hubs are...

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INTERLACE Partners, Natalia and McKenna

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Italy hubs launch

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Wetland Restoration Funding Opportunity

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17 April 2023

“By promoting the improvement of ecological status, biodiversity, and ecosystem connectivity through the development and implementation of innovative Win-Win Nature Based Solutions, DANUBE4all aims to enhance the free-flowing status of rivers and floodplains, reduce flood and drought risks, and...

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Young people’s drawings show the importance of nature in cities

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30 March 2023

Tiffany, 14-17 years old – "The drawing is intended to raise awareness of all that we see and also ignore".

“The river stream gives life to the municipality of Envigado with its abundant water and vegetation”, says Danna, an 11-year-old from Envigado, Colombia.

Like Danna, over...

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Cities invited to apply for peer knowledge exchange

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13 February 2023

CLEARINGHOUSE is excited to announce the launch of our Second Call to Action to participate in the CLEARING HOUSE project , aimed at promoting knowledge and experiences sharing among local and municipal authorities on green infrastructure and urban forests as nature-based solutions (UF-NBS)....

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WWF Ukraine launches first of its kind Nature-based Solutions Platform

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13 December 2022

Embracing efficient nature-based solutions in context of post-war recovery

Since July 2021, WWF-Ukraine has been facilitating stakeholder discussion on how climate-related nature-based solutions can be applied in Ukraine through a project called INSURE. Standing for “moving Nature-baSed...

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Hungarian NBS Hub Launches!

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2 December 2022
The Hungarian NetworkNature nature-based solutions (NBS) Hub launched this autumn, with the aim of ensuring the spread of nature-based solutions in the country for a sustainable future.

NetworkNature is supporting the creation of six NBS Hubs to help build long-lasting structures for NBS uptake...

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Apply for €22 000 to explore local values for biodiversity

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29 November 2022

To support local action and explore the different values that people place upon biodiversity in rural and urban areas the European project SHARED GREEN DEAL is offering local partners €22 000 to become local partners.

Locally, the approach taken should center on the formation of Study...

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BioAgora - A new project to serve biodiversity science to decision-makers

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24 November 2022

BioAgora project was launched on 10 November 2022 in Helsinki. This new collaborative project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon Europe programme, aims to provide knowledge on biodiversity to the needs of decision-makers. It will set up the Science Service for Biodiversity, a platform for...

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Nature-based solutions at COP27

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17 November 2022

COP27 has seen an increased focus on nature-based solutions (NBS), with many initiatives outlining nature-based solutions as a tool for ecosystem restoration, with the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration in mind. As a major development towards utilising the power of NBS globally, the Egyptian...

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NBS Comics: Nature to Save the World - Call for Contributions!

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14 November 2022
NBS Comics: Nature to Save the World - Open call!

Want to create a comic about nature that saves the world? About nature-based solutions to our shared global challenges? We are creating a new series of comics called Nature-based Solutions Comics, or NBS Comics ; it’s a partnership between...

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The proposed EU Nature Restoration Law is the key for a green future

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10 November 2022

The recently proposed EU Nature Restoration Law constitutes the first ever legal requirement for large-scale nature restoration with the aim of ensuring no further deterioration of hitherto protected habitats and species. The Law aims to introduce area-based restoration measures for at least 20...

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JUSTNature launches survey for Urban Planning Professionals

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3 November 2022

Attention urban planning professionals! Horizon 2020 project, JUSTNature , wants to hear from you about the role of justice in nature-based solutions and urban planning. The survey aims to understand:

What role does environmental justice play in your daily work? What key aspects do you...

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Merlin Innovation Awards

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28 October 2022

The Merlin Innovation Awards (MIA) launched as part of the MERLIN project

Innovation is one of the pillars of MERLIN , the flagship project of the European Commission, which commits to transformative ecosystem restoration, mainstreaming Nature-based Solutions for the urgent systemic...

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Apply for the Edible Cities Network Awards 2022

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20 October 2022

Are you part of an initiative trying to create a more sustainable urban food system ? Or do you know such an initiative that deserves international recognition? This could be an urban gardening project , a community kitchen , an urban beehive , or anything else that uses food to help make our...

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Don’t miss this EWRC workshop on EU Nature Restoration Law

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4 October 2022

The 20th edition of the European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC), the biggest annual Brussels-based event dedicated to cohesion policy, is drawing near. This year’s EWRC will take place in-person on 10-13 October 2022.

Event sessions sit under the overarching theme “New challenges for...

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Introducing the NetworkNature Nordic hub

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26 September 2022

The NetworkNature Nordic hub launch is fast approaching. On 13 October, the Nordic hub will bring together organisations, associations, companies, researchers, professionals and others who work with nature-based solutions in the Nordic region.The purpose of this and other nature-based solutions...

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A look back to our 1st Regional Event in Costa Rica

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10 Agosto 2022

With the aim of promoting Nature-Based Solutions in Latin American and European cities, INTERLACE formed the Community of Practice CITIES TALK NATURE, which is in charge of carrying out Regional Commitment Events .

After a complicated period in which the pandemic couldn’t let us...

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JUSTNature project - Shaping communities for a just, sustainable world

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18 July 2022

Human activities have already triggered a rise in the earth’s surface temperatures. To reduce the damage from climate change, a transition to a low-carbon society is urgently needed. At the moment, environmental resources are distributed unevenly. As a result, wealthy regions benefit from better...

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Open Living Lab Days

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14 July 2022
What are Living Labs? They are innovative test beds in cities for various solutions. They cover a real area, place or district(s) in a city and provide on a practical place to test out new approaches such as nature-based solutions.

OpenLivingLab Days (OLLD) is the annual global gathering of...

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Principles and Criteria of High-Quality Nature-based Solutions

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15 June 2022

International actors, national and local governments, businesses, and community groups increasingly recognize the importance and the utility of nature-based solutions (NBS) to protect, manage, or restore different landscapes and ecosystems worldwide. According to the European Commission , NBS,...

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RECONECT: Upscaling Nature-based Solutions

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30 May 2022

RECONECT, an EU project implementing Nature-based Solutions to reduce water-related climate risks, spanning 5 years, held its 7th general assembly in Zurich between the 23rd and 25th of May.

IUCN is a key partner in the project, along with a diverse network of Demonstrators and...

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Questionnaire on NBS Quality and Standards

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26 May 2022

NetworkNature is a resource for the nature-based solutions community, creating opportunities for local, regional and international cooperation to maximise the impact and spread of nature-based solutions. NetworkNature highlights a timely topic in the nature-based solutions field with its...

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Mind the gap please! Nature-based solutions knowledge gaps webinar

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19 May 2022

Nature-based solutions knowledge gaps took center stage in the first NetworkNature webinar. What are knowledge gaps, who should be more informed about nature-based solutions and what are the implications of lacking knowledge to policy making, were among the questions explored in the webinar....

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Apply for tailored support for adaptation!

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3 May 2022

The European Commission under the The Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy - Europe, has launched a Policy Support Facilit y . This innovative initiative will support local and regional authorities implement climate change adaptation actions. Cities and regions from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech...

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New NetworkNature report on ecosystem restoration out now

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2 May 2022

During the Semester on Ecosystem Restoration, NatureNature gathered knowledge, case-studies and information from experts in the field and analysed scientific studies and reports related to and connecting nature-based solutions with Ecosystem Restoration.

Environmental degradation has...

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How keen and ready is business for nature-related financial disclosure?

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28 April 2022

The financial community is getting to grips with its pivotal and expanding role as a key driver of our sustainable future. Realities – such as half of global gross domestic product being dependant on nature and therefore vulnerable to spiraling nature loss– are sinking in, and awareness of and...

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See the new Global Youth Nature-based Solutions position statement

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20 April 2022

Youth around the world are voicing their stances on a wide set of environmental issues, including recent engagement on Nature-based solutions (NBS). During the course of the European Year of Youth , dedicated young leaders for climate and nature produced an position paper on Nature-based...

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CLEARING HOUSE Opens its Knowledge Exchange Mechanism!

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19 April 2022

The CLEARING HOUSE project announces its first knowledge exchange mechanism.

The global objective of the knowledge exchange mechanism is to promote capacity development and exchange of knowledge and practices on urban forests as nature-based solutions (UF-NBS), based on peer-to-peer...

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Closer-to-Nature Forest Management

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11 April 2022

Closer-to-Nature Forest Management is a concept proposed in the EU Forest Strategy for 2030, which aims to improve the conservation values and climate resilience of multifunctional, managed forests in Europe. Building on the latest scientific evidence, a new From Science to Policy study from EFI...

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New UNCCD Urban-Rural Linkages and Ecosystem Restoration Paper Released

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7 April 2022

This new working paper from the UN proposes an urban-rural linkage perspective in relation to land and ecosystem restoration at a time of heightened urgency on multiple fronts at local, national and international levels. The combined impacts of climate change, biodiversity loss land degradation...

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Call for NBS Projects

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6 April 2022

In the framework of a market assessment project conducted on behalf of the European Investment Bank (EIB) on the topic of Nature-based Solutions (NBS) financing, Bankers without Boundaries is collecting information of currently existing projects at the EU level.

This project aims at...

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Request for Proposals - Nature+ Accelerator Fund

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5 April 2022

Mirova the affiliate of Natixis Investment Managers dedicated to responsible investing, is the manager of the Nature+ Accelerator Fund. Mirova and its partners, IUCN, the biggest scientific organisation in nature, and CPIC, the world’s largest coalition for conservation finance, have joined...

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New Tool: Reforest Better!

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24 March 2022

Currently many well intended forest restoration and tree planting measures, are not designed with longevity and biodiversity in mind. To help develop more sustainable and holistic measures Nature4Climate, Hamerkop, Trillion Trees, WWF, WCS, Birdlife International and 1T.org have developed a new...

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The Rewards of Nature Restoration: Will the new EU law deliver?

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24 March 2022

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The Rewards of Nature Restoration webinar organised by BirdLife Europe , the Endangered Landscapes Programme and UNEP-WCMC has aimed to showcase what has already been done in nature restoration and to inspire people to do more. The participants of the webinar were people...

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Join the The European Commission Mission Adaptation to Climate Change!

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21 March 2022

The European Commission has today launched an invitation to EU regions and communities to join the EU Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change.

The Mission’s objective is to support 150 regions and communities to accelerate their transformation towards climate resilience by helping them...

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World Urban Parks: Open call for Emerging Urban Leaders

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14 March 2022

In light of the global pandemic, the ways in which urban populations’ relate to and interact with green and blue spaces have changed, increasing demands for urban nature worldwide. This too increases possibilities and potential opportunities for nature based solutions to make lasting impacts in...

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IUCN's Community Toolkit

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22 February 2022

This toolkit provided by the IUCN equips people with the tools, knowledge, and resources necessary to restore ecosystems back to productive and healthy spaces. Readers are shown examples of the importance of community organizing, potential aspects of projects, successful examples of community...

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Scaling Investment for Nature

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16 February 2022

It is undeniable that human impacts on climate and nature have driven us towards a planetary emergency. Fortunately, there is still time to avoid the worst-case scenarios, but only just. Failure to adopt sustainable practices and investments puts businesses and economies at risk.

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IFLA Europe Rural Landscapes photo competition

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2 February 2022

IFLA EUROPE Agricultural Landscapes Working Group is launching as open call for images both acknowledging and mapping traditional landscapes across Europe. This competition contributes to making a European inventory of agricultural heritage systems aligned with the United Nations Food and...

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How green are European cities?

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1 February 2022

The EEA briefing ' Who benefits from nature in cities? Social inequalities in access to urban green and blue spaces across Europe ' shows how access to public green and blue spaces differs across Europe. Cities in northern and western Europe tend to have more green space than cities in southern...

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What are nature-based solutions?

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1 February 2022

Curious about what nature-based solutions are? NetworkNature created a new publication with some basic facts to get you started!

To achieve a sustainable future, we should work with, not against nature to achieve global goals. Nature-based solutions are a great pathway forward. This...

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To journey to an international enthusiasm for ecosystem restoration

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28 January 2022

What is an ecological restoration approach?

Restorative actions exist at first to bring more nature, ecological functions and natural features from natural areas to fully anthropized ones. In Brussels, Belgium, the city is setting up insect hotels and meadows in green spaces to recreate...

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More than €7 million in LIFE funding for NGOs

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26 January 2022

In the framework of the LIFE program, the LIFE 2020 call of NGOs on the European Green Deal (NGO4GD) was launched to help NGOs from the Member States to strengthen the participation and contribution of civil society to the implementation of the European Green Deal .

This special "LIFE...

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UrbanByNature kicks-off 2022 with new website and a fresh look

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19 January 2022

UrbanByNature, the global capacity-building programme in Nature-based Solutions (NBS) coordinated by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability , is starting 2022 with a new, standalone website and a revamped logo. The UrbanByNature website ( www.urbanbynature.eu ) allows participants to...

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2022 as the International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development

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13 January 2022

The United Nations General Assembly has designated 2022 as the International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development. Throughout the year, governments, international organizations and stakeholders are invited to raise awareness of the importance of conservation and sustainable use of mountain...

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Nature-based solutions are a safe and sound investment

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11 January 2022

Nature-based solutions are a quick and cost-effective way to transform our surroundings to become more sustainable and will be a key element in building more resilient and healthy societies. They are a safe and sound investment as case studies from Bologna, Glasgow, Copenhagen and Hamburg prove...

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Words into Action: Nature-based Solutions for Disaster Risk Reduction

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11 January 2022

Nature-based Solutions (NbS) are seen as cost-effective and effective solutions to help governments address the growing challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss, increased frequency of extreme weather conditions and natural hazards, as well as others man-made environmental disasters. The...

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SUPERB to promote forest restoration and adaptation across Europe

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21 December 2021

In Europe, almost one-third of the landscape is covered by cities, villages, agriculture and forests. There are lots of different types of trees, bur also damaged forest areas due to human activities and climate change consequences. At the European level a series of political commitments are...

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Do you have an example of nature-based solutions implemented at ponds?

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17 December 2021

There are many scattered initiatives to create, restore and manage ponds across Europe. To help gather resources and experienced you are invited to respond to this questionnaire about nature-based solutions (NbS) implementation in landscapes of ponds, also called pondscapes. The questionnaire is...

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Pennine PeatLIFE film by Land & Sky Media

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15 December 2021

At the September IUCN UK Peatland Programme/LIFE Conference film night, the North Pennines AONB Partnership launched its new film: PeatLIFE People .

The documentary-style film shows some views of UK's peatland landscapes and the work of the Pennine PeatLIFE project and, as said by the...

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Discover what is the Green Deal in practice

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14 December 2021

The Commission's Directorate-General for International Partnerships ( DG INTPA ) is responsible for formulating the EU's international partnership and development policy, with the ultimate goal to reduce poverty, ensure sustainable development, and promote democracy, human rights, and the rule...

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Three billion additional trees by 2030 - Launch of MapMyTree tool

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10 December 2021

On 9th December, the Commission with the Europan Environment Agency (EEA) published MapMyTree .

Under the European Green Deal, the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 commits to planting at least 3 billion additional trees in the EU by 2030 . MapMyTree is a data tool for all organisations...

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Apply now to become a host city of the Connecting Nature Roadshow

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9 December 2021

European cities are invited to submit an Expression of Interest to become a stop on the Connecting Nature Roadshow - a mobile exhibition showcasing innovative solutions to co-create, implement and manage nature based-solutions.

The Roadshow will customize interactive workshops...

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NetworkNature establishes Nature-based solutions Hubs

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7 December 2021

Nature-based solutions are increasingly becoming the go-to resource for establishing new approaches and mending existing ones, to ensure sustainable approaches. To ensure the spread of nature-based solutions, NetworkNature is supporting the creation of nature-based solution ‘hubs’ throughout...

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European Business Statement “Scaling up action for nature”

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1 December 2021

On 1st December, the European Business Statement was officially delivered to the European Commission at the EBNS 2021.

The statement calls businesses and policy makers to mainstream biodiversity in all decisions and policies. In particular, the European businesses are called upon to...

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NICE software survey: water treatment with nature-based solutions

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22 November 2021

How to best utilise nature-based solutions to treat urban wastewater? Help the EU-funded NICE project design software to help achieve urban circular water loops!

NICE will undertake experiments to establish with precision how effective various nature-based solutions are at treating...

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NetworkNature Call for Ecosystem Restoration Case-Studies

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16 November 2021

As part of the NetworkNature semester ‘ Nature-based solutions for ecosystem restoration ’, which aims to create opportunities for local, regional and international cooperation on nature-based solutions and to explore how ecosystem restoration can contribute to biodiversity conservation whilst...

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Danube Floodplain to Mitigate Climate Extremities

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15 November 2021

The Danube Floodplain was launched to examine how to reduce flood risk through the restoration of floodplains in the Danube River Basin. The project comes to an end this November, so the project partners presented the results at a closing conference on 3th and 4th November 2021.

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Nature-based solutions for climate change mitigation

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5 November 2021

The new report "Nature-based solutions for climate change mitigation", authored by experts from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Union or Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) finds the...

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Nature Based Solutions for More Sustainable Cities

Book release: Nature-Based Solutions for More Sustainable Cities

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4 November 2021

An exciting new book will be released 5 November on NBS and the urban context, titled, Nature-Based Solutions for More Sustainable Cities: A Framework Approach for Planning and Evaluation . This work was co-written by Edoardo Croci and Benedetta Lucchitta of Bocconi University and published by...

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Investing in nature as a key to climate mitigation

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19 October 2021

New awarenesses are emerging today: the need to curb the growth of GHG emissions for global economic recovery and the destruction of the natural world. Natural Climate Solutions (NCS) help address both these problems and increase resilience to climate change. NCS are conservation, restoration...

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World Green City Awards

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15 October 2021

AIPH , the International Association of Horticultural Producers and the world’s champion for the power of plants proudly presents the AIPH World Green City Awards , which recently opened for entries for the 2022 inaugural edition.

The leading role of city authorities is...

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Launch of Webinar Series: CITIES TALK NATURE

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14 October 2021

CITIES TALK NATURE is a community of municipal practitioners and interested organisations from Latin America and Europe. Its goal is to promote the restoration of ecosystems in cities and communities on both sides of the Atlantic through nature-based solutions through a series of online...

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NetworkNature at the European Urban Resilience Forum

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8 October 2021

Nature-based solutions are a promising vehicle for ecosystem restoration and for strengthening resilience to climate change impacts. Yet, to achieve the desired impacts, coordinated action and planning across scales and sectors are required. For this reason Network Nature invites you to join an...

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The big food redesign. Making nature-positive food the norm

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8 October 2021

What if food could build biodiversity and tackle climate change?

Everything we eat is designed, from our breakfast to our favourite takeaway. Food brands and supermarkets make decisions about our food - from how it tastes and how it's grown to how nutritious it is. The latest study by...

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Open Rivers Programme

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8 October 2021

The Open Rivers Program was officially launched on October 8, 2021, thanks to an investment of 42.5 million euros in six years by Arcadia, a charity fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. The motivation of this Programme lies in the fact that European rivers are the most fragmented in the...

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Can debt capital markets save the planet?

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30 September 2021

The Planet’s ecosystems, climate and biodiversity, are on the brink of default and world leaders are increasingly looking towards the financial sector for solutions. In the run up to key international negotiations on climate this year and biodiversity in the 2022, the financial sector can...

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Peatland restoration holds great potential

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23 September 2021

On 21st September an insightful event took place to highlight a crucial topic for preserving our environment and mitigating climate change; Nature-based solutions Webinar on Peatland Restoration , organised by Scotland House Brussels and ICLEI Europe. The webinar gathered experts together to...

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Editorial: Working together for ecosystem restoration

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22 September 2021

Editorial for March 2021 edition of NetworkNature Newsletter.

Environmental degradation impacts on the well-being of an estimated 3.2 billion people globally whilst the loss of ecosystem services leads to a reduction of more than 10% of our global economic output ( UNEP, 2021 ). A...

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Sustainable financing of Forest and Landscape Restoration

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20 September 2021

The FAO e-learning on Sustainable financing of forest and landscape restoration (FLR) is now available in French . To meet countries’ national commitments to restoring degraded landscapes, adequate public and private investments are needed to support the different steps of the FLR cycle....

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Learn how to transform your city with nature - new MOOC!

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16 September 2021
We direly need quick transformations in cities to make them more sustainable and to enhance life quality. Many cities are harnessing nature-based solutions (NbS) for a green transformation. The cost-effective solutions that are inspired and supported by nature, are increasingly championed by the EU...

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Report on smart, sustainable and resilient cities

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15 September 2021

In the aftermath of a society altered by COVID-19, cities have a unique opportunity to “build back better” and harness the power that Nature-based Solutions have to offer.

A report, “Smart, Sustainable and Resilient cities: the Power of Nature-based Solutions'' produced by UNEP together...

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Nature-based solutions for Ecosystem Restoration - NetworkNature Semester

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13 September 2021
NetworkNature’s second topical semester selected in consultation with experts in the field, is ´Nature-based Solutions for Ecosystem Restoration‘. The semester runs until January 2022 and will delve into to ecosystem restoration and benefits to biodiversity, looking into how nature-based solutions...

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New NetworkNature brief: Nature-based solutions in light of the pandemic

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7 September 2021
The first NetworkNature semester ´ Nature-based solutions in light of the pandemic ‘ ran from February to July 2021. During the semester theme NetworkNature gathered knowledge and information from fellow EU-funded projects, experts in the field and analysed scientific studies and reports linking...

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Task Force 3 releases report on NbS business models

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6 September 2021

A new report on Nature-based Solutions business models is now available. The report titled, “State of the Art and Latest Advances in Exploring Business Models for Nature-Based Solutions” was created by the EU NbS Clustering Task Force 3, coordinated by NetworkNature and offers insight...

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New Report-Evaluating the Impact of Nature-Based Solutions

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1 September 2021

A new report from the EU Commission Directorate titled, “Evaluating the Impact of Nature-Based Solutions: A Summary for Policy Makers”, was released providing a high-level summary for practitioners and policy-makers alike to assess the impact of nature-based solutions (NbS) using...

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Riches of the dunes: Measuring and protecting coastal dune biodiversity through Nature-based Solutions

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Roadmap for Nature-based Solutions in the EU

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17 Agosto 2021

The European Union is increasingly focusing on advancing nature-based solutions (NbS) to solve the wicked problems we face, from biodiversty loss to global warming. A new study by Clive Davies, Wendy Y. Chen, Giovanni Sanesi and Raffaela Lafortezza trace the roadmap of EU's plans to promote and...

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Nature-based solutions in the new IPCC report

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10 Agosto 2021

The new IPCC special report on effects of global warming above pre-industrial levels , sounds an alarm on the irreversible negative impacts of human activity on our own habitat. In order to to steer away from a climate catastrophe, scientists state that stark and immediate cuts on emissions are...

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Unlocking Nature-Smart Development : An Approach Paper on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

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Urban Nature Based Solutions

Urban Nature Based Solutions

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6 Agosto 2021

Nature should be at the heart of our cities, because they are the places where we work, play and engage. Today, more than 55% of the world's population lives in cities and this figure is likely to continue to grow, as urbanization is growing at an unprecedented rate and this contributes...

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NATURAL CLIMATE SOLUTIONS CAN HELP BUSINESSES MEET CLIMATE GOALS

Natural Climate Solutions can help businesses meet climate goals

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28 July 2021

We are experiencing an unprecedented crisis: the destruction of nature and the rampant effects of climate change. Up to 1 billion tons of CO2 are released each year from degraded coastal ecosystems, global loss of tropical forests contributes around 4.8 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide annually...

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Nature-based solutions in action: Lessons from the frontline

Nature-based solutions in action: Lessons from the frontline

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27 July 2021

Nature-based solutions (NbS) help address the effects of climate change in an integrated way, such as biodiversity loss and poverty.

If done well, nature-based solutions could be the key to protecting, sustainably managing and restoring ecosystems, in cost-effective ways while addressing...

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Payments for environmental services: what is good practice?

Payments for environmental services: what is good practice?

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27 July 2021

The SINCERE project has released a new policy briefing , which draws on the global experiences of Payments for Environmental Services (PES). The aim is to provide policymakers insights into best practices and preconditions for a successful implementation of PES in Europe. Indeed, PES have become...

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Using ecosystem services to measure the degree to which a solution is nature-based

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IUCN Professional Certificate on Nature-based solutions

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19 July 2021

The concept of Nature-based Solutions (NbS) is drawing a lot of attention but few know what it means in practice and how to apply the IUCN Global standard for NbS, which is at the foundation of the concept.

As the author of the Global Standard, IUCN is offering a professional certificate...

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First detailed draft of the new post-2020 global biodiversity framework

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6 July 2021

The first draft of a new global framework on biodiversity was released by the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to guide actions around the world until 2030 for the conservation and protection of nature and its essential services to people. At the end of...

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ELP landscape restoration grant call for applications

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1 July 2021

The Endangered Landscapes Programme (ELP) is inviting expressions of interest from organisations and partnerships that share the programme’s vision.

This round of projects will add to the portfolio of large landscape restoration projects (Implementation Projects) currently funded by ELP...

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Accounting for ecosystems and their services in the European Union

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24 June 2021

The Final report from phase II of the INCA project shows that EU’s ecosystems generated an annual flow of selected seven ecosystem services at the value of € 172 billion.

Ecosystem accounting - Making nature count

How much do ecosystems contribute to our economy and wellbeing?...

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Ecosystem and the economy - what is the correlation?

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24 June 2021

Economic entities are increasingly regognizing that nature is tied to all activities and that the state of the environment also affects the economy. OECD launched a new policy guide for finance, economic and environment ministes titled ' Biodiversity, natural capital and the economy ' in May...

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Nature-based solutions take centre stage in the health arena

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18 June 2021

During the NetworkNature semester ‘ Nature-based solutions in light of the pandemic ’ we have explored how these solutions affect health and well-being. There is increasing research and findings indicating that among the many benefits of natural spaces, are improvements to mental and physical...

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Natural Capital User Guide for Greater Manchester

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16 June 2021

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Natural Course have created a Natural Capital User Guide, a resource for urban planners, businessess, funders, project developers, partnerships, infrastructure planners and decision makers to learn about Manchester's approach and the natural capital...

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Urban Planning and Health

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26 May 2021

May 2021 marked the launch of an Urban Health cluster Healthy Cities , by URBACT the European Territorial Cooperation programme, which has for the past 15 years championed sustainable integrated development in European Cities. The Healthy Cities action planning network aims to develop and...

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We're part of the solution - Biodiversity Day 2021!

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20 May 2021

The United Nations has dedicated May 22nd each year as The International Day for Biological Diversity , to increase awareness and understanding of biodiversity. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has set the theme for Biodiversity Day 2021 as “ We’re part of the...

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The importance of therapeutic gardens within the urban tissue

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10 May 2021

The concept of therapeutic or healing gardens is both modern and ancient. Ancient Egyptian, Persian and Greek gardens were all considered healing environments and all of them had well established guidelines in relation with the knowledge of that time and, most important, people were aware of...

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What is the impact of nature-based solutions?

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5 May 2021

There is a multitude of innovative nature-based solutions (NBS) projects and initiatives, garnering great benefits to their surroundings in Europe. Under the NetworkNature coordinated European Commission NBS Task Force 2: Nature-based Solutions Impact Evaluation Framework , experts from these...

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New European Commission Carbon Farming Initiative

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4 May 2021

New European Commission Carbon Farming Initiative

On the 27th of April 2021, the European Commission published a ‘ Technical Guidance Handbook: Setting up and implementing results-based carbon farming mechanisms in the EU ’ This guide is the result of a two-year study on how best to set...

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Global EbA Fund

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25 March 2021

The Global EbA Fund , a brand-new funding opportunity, is now open to support scaling up EbA across the world.

Led by IUCN and UNEP, the Global EbA Fund is a quickly deployable mechanism for supporting innovative approaches to EbA. The Fund aims to encourage catalytic initiatives to...

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Editorial: Nature is good for us and the society

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19 March 2021

Editorial for March 2021 edition of NetworkNature Newsletter.

“Nature is good for us and the society”. That was – in short – the main message by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MEA) back in 2005. The outcomes of the MEA were an eye-opener and have led to new knowledge and new...

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Why cities need more green space than ever

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19 March 2021

As a result of the COVID19 pandemic, we have seen an increase in stress, poor mental health and domestic violence. And we have seen an increase in the visits to green and blue spaces, leading at times to overcrowding in these spaces. In a city like Barcelona, Collserola, a large urban forest...

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Nature-based solutions and health outcomes

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16 March 2021

In cities, the built and natural environment are important determinants of health, particularly among groups that are disadvantaged by relative poverty, unemployment, low status, gender, ethnicity and disability (WHO, 2012). Evidence of the impact of green and blue space provided by Nature-based...

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Nature-based solutions in light of the pandemic

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4 March 2021

In the wake of the pandemic, the realization that access to nature is crucial for well-being has dawned on many. Although the pandemic stems from nature, the role of human-led destruction of natural environments is a major causal factor, and thus a potential solution lies in re-establishing a...

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Espai Verd Benicalap opens with 15 plots of urban vegetable gardens

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24 November 2020

News originally published on the GrowGreen website . Republished with permission from GrowGreen.

The new Espai Verd Benicalap (Green Space Benicalap), located in the Benicalap neighborhood in València, has been inaugurated with an open day for citizens. This project is one of the...

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Key Features of Manchester’s West Gorton Community Park

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22 October 2020

News originally published on the GrowGreen website . Republished with permission from GrowGreen.

The new West Gorton Community Park in Manchester, UK, is designed as a park that drinks water, aiming to reduce flood risk and providing a multitude of benefits for local residents.

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