Greening European Cities: Accelerating the uptake of urban nature-based solutions

This report provides a comprehensive overview of the barriers and opportunities influencing the uptake of nature-based solutions (NBS) in urban regimes, as well as the underlying factors or conditions explaining these. We understand urban regimes as being shaped by institutional structures across three broad domains: the regulatory, the urban development and the finance domains. Data was collected through interviews, desk study and placements in a total of seven cases – The Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Hungary and the European Union.

NBS SNAPSHOT – Cape Town Environmental Education Trust

The Cape Town Environmental Education Trust (CTEET) takes a sustained engagement approach by offering youth environmental education in nature reserves, job skills training in the conservation sector, and employment in roles like conservation monitors.

Pathways for Systemic Integration of Nature-Based Solutions

This report identifies and elaborates the key stepping stones – pivotal actions– that can unlock the potential for mainstreaming urban nature-based solutions. Using the examples of climate change and biodiversity, we examine how stepping stones can be aligned to generate promising pathways for mainstreaming nature-based solutions that can contribute to diverse sustainability agendas in cities.

Mainstreaming Nature-Based Solutions: Climate Change

Nature-based solutions are increasingly integrated in urban development practices. They can help to effectively address the climate crisis. These natural climate solutions in cities can both reduce the impacts of climate change (adaptation) and reduce greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation).