EU Research and Innovation on Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) aim to position the EU as leader in 'Innovating with nature' for more sustainable and resilient societies. The EU-wide knowledge base on NBS can certainly benefit from already existing examples across the EU. In fact, many European cities and regions have undertaken NBS-inspired actions to tackle a series of societal challenges through the provision of key ecosystem services.

DG Research and Innovation at the European Commission has compiled a collection of case studies from publicly available information, which then has been cross-checked by city administrations. It provides examples of the multiple benefits delivered by NBS. In doing so, it is a first step and a reference tool for the creation of an EU-wide NBS knowledge repository. This constitutes a tool for the dissemination of knowledge on NBS effectiveness (e.g. multiple benefits, returns of investment and development opportunities), which may in turn help the future uptake of NBS across the EU.

The case studies derive from many European cities, such as Amsterdam, Bristol, Budapest, Dublin, Milan, Poznań and Utrecht.

Read the whole article and more about the city case studies here.


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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 730052 Topic: SCC-2-2016-2017: Smart Cities and Communities Nature based solutions