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NATURVATION

Cities Nature Innovation

Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) have the potential to respond to climate change, enhance biodiversity and improve environmental quality while contributing to economic regeneration and social well-being. Yet there is a substantial gap between the promise of NBS and their uptake.

To unlock the potential of NBS for sustainable urban development, NATURVATION will take a transdisciplinary, internationally comparative approach to: advance assessment approaches (Objective 1) to capture the multiple impacts & values of NBS to deliver a robust evidence base for decision-making; enable innovation (Objective 2) to identify the most promising governance, business/finance and participation models and how to overcome the systemic conditions that currently limit their use to support systemic integration; and generate momentum to realise the potential of NBS through co-design, co-development & co-implementation of new partnerships, knowledge, recommendations, processes and tools required to build capacity, enable replication and foster cultural change (Objective 3). 

NATURVATION will work to support decision-makers in 3 ways. First, an evidence base and assessment processes will be developed to evaluate how NBS are being used and the extent of their ecological, economic, social and cultural contributions towards sustainability. Second, how innovation is taking place with NBS will be investigated with focus on the governance arrangements, business models, finance & citizen engagement needed to develop and implement these kinds of responses in cities around the world. The contexts within which NBS have to be established will be explored considering the challenges that they face. This will be done in partnership with municipal governments & stakeholders through Urban Regional Innovation Partnerships (URIPs) and a Task Force, as well as with the wider policy and practitioner communities, to create the knowledge, capacity, outputs and tools needed to build momentum for NBS on the ground.

This transdisciplinary approach working with ‘urban-regional innovation partnerships’ in six different cities and a Task Force of highly respected international organisations working in this arena integrates science, social science and humanities (SSH) and practical expertise and experience to achieve a step-change in the use of NBS for urban sustainability.

KOZEP-EUROPAI EGYETEM HU
ECOLOGIC INSTITUT gemeinnützige GmbH DE
ICLEI EUROPEAN SECRETARIAT GMBH DE
LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR LANDERKUNDE EV DE
MINISTERIE VAN INFRASTRUCTUUR EN MILIEU NL
LUNDS UNIVERSITET SE
UNIVERSITAT AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA ES
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT NL
SERVEIS DE SUPORT A LA GESTIO SL ES
MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA KOZGAZDASAG- ES REGIONALIS TUDOMANYI KUTATOKOZPONT HU
NEWCASTLE CITY COUNCIL UK
MALMO STAD SE
GEMEENTE UTRECHT SE