Commission on Ecosystem Management

Nature-based Solutions

Nature-based Solutions (NbS) are: “actions to protect, sustainably manage and restore natural or modified ecosystems that address societal challenges effectively and adaptively, simultaneously providing human well-being and biodiversity benefits”.

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Des solutions fondées sur la nature pour s'adapter au changement climatique Des solutions fondées sur la nature pour s'adapter au changement climatique Photo: Observatoire national sur les effets du réchauffement climatique, France

Des solutions fondées sur la nature pour s'adapter au changement climatique

Auteur:  Observatoire national sur les effets du réchauffement climatique

Gobernanza para la adaptación basada en ecosistemas Photo: IUCN

Gobernanza para la adaptación basada en ecosistemas


El nuevo reto de la Adaptación basada en Ecosistemas (AbE) impone la necesidad, no solo de definir las medidas de adaptación necesarias para poder alcanzarlo, sino también los componentes sólidos de gobernanza para hacerlo efectivo. 
African Solutions in a Rapidly Changing World

African solutions in a rapidly changing world = Solutions africaines dans un monde qui change rapidement

Author(s): Fischborn, M., Herr, D.

In this publication, several case studies from the African continent illustrate the "nature-based solutions" approach and offer hope that effective solutions to the climate change dilemma can be addressed through local responses that also achieve mutual benefits for biodiversity conservation and community resilience.

Building Resilience to Climate Change

Building Resilience to Climate Change - Ecosystem-based adaptation and lessons from the field

Author(s): Andrade Pérez, A., Herrera Fernández, B., Cazzolla Gatti, R.

With climate change now a certainty, the question is now how much change there will be and what can be done about it. One of the answers is through adaptation. Many of the lessons that are being learned in adaptation are from success stories from the field. This publication contains eleven case studies covering different ecosystems and regions around the world. Its aim is to summarize some current applications of the Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) concept and its tools used around the world, and also draw lessons from experiences in conservation adaptation.

Enhancing ecosystems and livelihoods. Delivering nature-based solutions to development challenges.

Enhancing ecosystems and livelihoods. Delivering nature-based solutions to development challenges

IUCN Nepal

Enhancing food security through forest landscape restoration

Enhancing food security through forest landscape restoration

The case studies from Brazil, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, the Philippines and Viet Nam highlight how forest landscape restoration (FLR) interventions enhance food security. They illustrate the ‘win-win’ solutions that can enhance land functionality and productivity, develop resilient food systems and explore the long-term potential outputs and enabling conditions for FLR interventions. A greater emphasis on the impacts of degradation and deforestation and other indicators are exemplified throughout these case studies in order to better understand the results from FLR interventions and their relationship

Green Infrastructure - Guide for water management

Green Infrastructure – Guide for water management

Green Infrastructure (GI) is becoming increasingly recognized as an important opportunity for addressing the complex challenges of water management. The GI approach refers to the natural or semi-natural systems that provide services for water resources management with equivalent or similar benefits to conventional (built) "grey" water infrastructure. This guide addresses one of the main barriers to widespread adoption of GI solutions: a general lack of awareness of the solutions and associated cost-benefits. The illustrative case studies in this guide provide examples of GI options that address water management challenges, while delivering a number of significant co-benefits. 

Nature-based Solutions to address climate change

Nature-based Solutions to address climate change

Comité français de l'UICN

Nature based Solutions for Human Resilience

Nature Based Solutions for Human Resilience: A Mapping Analysis of IUCN’s Ecosystem Based Adaptation Projects

Author: Rizvi, A.R.

Nature-based solutions to address global societal challenges

Nature-based Solutions to address global societal challenges

Author(s): Cohen-Shacham, E., Janzen, C., Maginnis, S., Walters, G.

This report has been prepared as part of an effort by IUCN to define its position on Nature-based Solutions (NbS) and plan for future work to advance this concept and support effective implementation of NbS to enhance ecosystem services provision and address societal challenges. The report proposes a definitional framework for NbS, including a set of general principles for any NbS intervention. The report also defines the scope of NbS as an umbrella concept embracing a number of different ecosystem-based approaches.

Safe Havens: protected areas for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation

Safe Havens - Protected Areas for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

Author(s): Buyck, C., Murti, R.

This publication presents 18 case studies to demonstrate how Protected Areas (PAs) can be better managed for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA). The chapters vary from scientific studies to good practices, as well as (existing or required) policy frameworks that enable appropriate management. The book presents approaches from different regions and aims to cover a range of hazard events as well as a variety of ecosystem types. Emerging practices, lessons learnt and key recommendations are also included in all chapters, and are summarized in the concluding chapter. 

WISE-UP to Climate

WISE-UP to Climate” brochure on Water Infrastructure Solutions

‘WISE-UP to climate’ is a project that demonstrates natural infrastructure as a ‘nature-based solution’ for climate change adaptation and sustainable development. The project will develop knowledge on how to use portfolios of built water infrastructure (eg. dams, levees, irrigation channels) and natural infrastructure (eg. wetlands, oodplains, watersheds) for poverty reduction, water-energy-food security, biodiversity conservation, and climate resilience. WISE-UP will show the application of optimal portfolios of built and natural infrastructure using dialogue with decision-makers to agree trade-offs. WISE-UP will run over a four-year period and link ecosystem services more directly into water infrastructure development in the Tana (Kenya) and Volta (Ghana-Burkina Faso) river basins. 

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