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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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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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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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Nature-based Solutions as cost-effective method to drive climate change adaptation

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A guide to forest–water management

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25 August 2021

During the World Water Week , the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, the United States Forest Service and partners have launched the "A guide to Forest-Water...

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Meeting biodiversity, climate, and water objectives through integrated strategies

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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 August 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 August 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

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6 August 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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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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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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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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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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INTERLACE: restoring nature in cities across Europe and Latin America

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5 March 2021
INTERLACE is a new four-year project supporting actions to restore, rehabilitate and (re)connect urban ecosystems.

A total of six cities across Europe and Latin America are participating in INTERLACE: Granollers (Spain), Envigado (Colombia), Portoviejo (Ecuador), Chemnitz (Germany), Metropolia...

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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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The European Green Deal & Nature-based Solutions

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14 December 2020

December 2020 saw a hallmark event hosted by German EU Presidency in collaboration with UNEP and IUCN on the integration of nature-based solutions into the European Green Deal . High-level speakers from governments, international organisations, civil society and the finance sector came together...

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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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