NATURVATION is a 4-year EU-funded project, seeking to develop our understanding of what Nature-based solutions can achieve in cities.
NBS use the natural properties of ecosystems. They have the potential to limit impacts of climate change, enhance biodiversity and improve environmental quality while contributing to economic activities and social well-being.
Examples are green roofs and city parks that limit heat stress, city lagoons that store water and permeable surfaces, vegetation and rain gardens to intercept storm water. Yet despite their significant potential, the use of nature-based solutions remains marginal, fragmented, and highly uneven within and between cities.
The project has sought to investigate these tensions, and to spread awareness and mainstream best-practice NBS approaches in cities, through accessible outputs like an online educational (MOOC) course and a podcast series. It also runs the Urban Nature Atlas - a collection of over 1,000 inspiring NBS projects from across the world.