RECONECT demonstrates, references and upscales Nature based Solutions in rural and natural areas
Urgency of the situation
Economic and other losses from natural disasters are increasing throughout Europe.
In spite of technological capabilities have advanced rapidly, over the last years damages from hydro-meteorological events alone have shown the fastest rate of increase relative to any other type of disasters. Such evidence of a disconnection between the use of technological approaches in responding to natural disasters revealed the need to regenerate ecosystem services to cope with hydro-meteorological events since “grey infrastructures” are not always effective, adaptive and sized against climate changes.
Rapid urbanisation and population growth are putting an increasing pressure on already scarce natural resources.
An urban development that integrates green infrastructure, or so-called Nature-Based Solutions (NBS), into planning practices makes urban and surrounding rural areas more resilient to the impacts of climate change, floods, droughts and other environmental shocks.
NBS also provide a wealth of social, environmental and economic benefits.
The conceptual strength of Nature-Based Solutions to tackle multifaceted challenges faced by society resides in its integrative and systemic approach.
This approach is embedded in RECONECT, an unprecedented transdisciplinary partnership of researchers, industrial partners (SMEs and large consultancies) and authorities/agencies at local and watershed/regional level. They integrate different perspectives from relevant stakeholders so that the proposed “solutions” contribute not only to reduce hydro-meteorological risks, but also to enable multiple benefits for the governance.
Bridging science to policy
RECONECT brings scientific evidence about the exclusive benefits of Nature-Based Solutions to reduce the impacts of water-related climatic risks into policy-making to support adoption.
The outcomes of RECONECT provide policy makers and practitioners with the necessary capacities, knowledge and skills to scale up Nature-Based Solutions, as well as how to deploy and integrate them with traditional grey infrastructure solutions.
Latest news & events
RECONECT Webinar #2
Are you interested in learning about Nature Based Solutions? Would you like to spend some time with the experts of RECONECT? Join our upcoming webinar! Hurry up and register to the second RECONECT webinar: Sourcing the evidence base from RECONECT NbS demonstration cases […]
RECONECT Webinar #1
Are you interested in learning about Nature Based Solutions? Would you like to spend some time with the experts of RECONECT? Join our upcoming webinar! Hurry up and register to the first RECONECT webinar Introduction and opportunities for NbS: reflections from RECONECT […]
New publication from RECONECT: Article in Advances in Hydroinformatics
The article “The 1915 Mud-Debris Flow at San Fruttuoso Di Camogli: Modeling the Collapse Effects in the Portofino Pilot Area of the H2020 Reconect Project” published in Advances in Hydroinformatics (publication of the Springer Water book series) is now online. […]
New publication from RECONECT: Article in NPJ Urban Sustainability
The article “Beyond Demonstrators – tackling fundamental problems in amplifying nature-based solutions for the post-COVID-19 world” co-published by the RECONECT Partner UFZ (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research) is now online. […]