ALTER-Net team publishes paper on nature-based solutions
A team drawn from 12 ALTER-Net partner organizations (including ECNC) has published a paper that considers the implications for science, policy and practice of the recently introduced concept of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS), with a focus on the European context. The paper was published in the journal Science of the Total Environment and can be accessed here.
The authors analyse NBS in relation to similar concepts and reflect on its relationship to sustainability as an overarching framework. From this, they derive a set of questions to be addressed and propose a general framework for how these might be addressed in NBS projects by funders, researchers, policymakers, and practitioners.
The strength of the NBS concept is its integrative, systemic approach which prevents it from becoming just another ‘green communication tool’ that provides justification for a classical model of natural resource exploitation and management measures. To realize their full potential, NBS must be developed by including the experience of all relevant stakeholders such that ‘solutions’ contribute to achieving all dimensions of sustainability. As NBS are developed, we should be aware that we should not expect them to be cheap and easy, at least not in the short term.
The paper has been mentioned in an editorial in the journal Nature.
Also read: News article on the ALTER-Net website.