Nature-based solutions

We rely on nature and the power of healthy ecosystems to protect people, optimise infrastructure and safeguard a stable and biodiverse future.


Nature-based solutions for people and planet

Solutions for infrastructure

US$ 57 billion

Flooding damages averted by mangroves in China, India, Mexico, US and Viet Nam each year

Solutions for climate


Amount of climate mitigation nature-based solutions can contribute to meeting Paris climate goal

Solutions for smart investments

US$ 170 billion

Estimated global benefits in ecosystem services from nature-based solutions focused on climate

How we engage

Nature-based solutions are actions to protect, sustainably manage, and restore natural and modified ecosystems that address societal challenges effectively and adaptively, simultaneously providing human well-being and biodiversity benefits.


  • Fisherfolk depend on healthy mangrove forests Photo: IUCN

    IUCN Council adopts first-ever Global Standard on Nature-based Solutions


    Gland, Switzerland – The first-ever Global Standard for Nature-based Solutions has been developed by IUCN. Last week, the IUCN Council adopted the standard, clearing the way for it to be launched at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in June.

  • bridge and stream Photo: shutterstock image 116041936

    Unpacking the complex relationship between forest age and river flows


    As the global restoration movement gains momentum and large-scale forest landscape restoration activities are implemented, there is a need for a better understanding of the links between increasing forest cover and river flow. Does age matter?

  • The Selva Shrimp business and conservation model Photo: Blueyou (

    Blueyou business partners with mangrove trees to turn a profit


    The swirling question posed by any business wanting to take part in nature conservation is how to make it profitable. In Indonesia, the “Selva Shrimp” project is on the way to proving that small-scale farming with active nature conservation can create...


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