The RECONECT Research Team, led by project coordinator Zoran Vojinovic, has published a new paper for the journal “Sustainability” on NBS benefits assessment.
Grey Infrastructure can be a valid choice for flood protection, but it does not provide the co-benefits that NBS can guarantee in different categories (water, nature and people). While there are several evaluation frameworks that qualitatively assess NBS performance, this paper proposes a quantitative framework that permits to quantify benefits and co-benefits of NBS.
The framework was tested in the Rangsit area, eastern part of the Chao Phraya Valley, Thailand (RECONECT Collaborator) and provides a numerical grade for each benefit and co-benefit analysed. These values show which benefits are pronounced and which are lacking using NBS in the case study area: useful information for decision makers who plan to use or expand NBS in similar areas of the world.
[Watkin, L.J.; Ruangpan, L.; Vojinovic, Z.; Weesakul, S.; Sanchez Torres, A.; A Framework for Assessing Benefits of Implemented Nature-Based Solutions, Sustainability 2019, 11 (23), https://doi.org/10.3390/su11236788]