Upscaling nature-based solutions in policy and practice - NetworkNature Annual Event Report

10 November 2022

The NetworkNature Annual Event took place on 27th September 2022, at the Museum of Natural Sciences of Brussels.

Nature-based solutions (NbS), if designed and implemented well, can produce a multitude of benefits simultaneously, including for health and wellbeing, agriculture, water, food and energy production, climate change, economic development, and more. Mainstreaming these solutions through agreed (quality) standards and best practices can help maximise the impact and uptake of nature-based solutions.

The event provided the opportunity to learn more about the state-of-the-art developments in NbS evidence, practice and policy, and focused on:

  • The Network Nature semester theme “Nature-based solutions and Standards”, to ensure the quality, effectiveness and scale of implementation that helps deliver the European Green Deal and the challenges related to biodiversity, climate change and socio-economic development.
  • The role of key stakeholder groups in a successful implementation of the EU Nature Restoration Law
  • The outcomes and lessons learnt from some of the EU NbS projects

Exchange of knowledge, capacity building and dialogue across stakeholders and sectors is key to developing joint action for upscaling NbS. NetworkNature hosted an annual event to take stock of achievements across EU-funded projects (mainly H2020, Horizon Europe) and provide the opportunity to learn more about the state-of-the-art developments in NbS evidence, practice and policy.

The event gathered the nature-based solutions community and other interested stakeholders from all target groups, including policymakers, scientific experts, civil society as well as investors and financing institutions, infrastructure planners and builders, landowners and natural resource managers to share and learn about the ways through which nature-based solutions can be upscaled, through policy and practice, how different sectors can contribute, and the role of standards.

A report summarising the main outcomes of the event is now available here