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.

Nature-based Solutions (NbS) are currently promoted as a panacea for improving human-nature relations. Yet the way of amplifying and mainstreaming NbS beyond scientific demonstrator projects into policy contexts is still bearing shortcomings, in particular in the uncertain futures of a post-COVID-19 world.

Successful NbS amplification may be achieved by:

  • Using multi-scalar action to balance differing interests and reconcile governance levels,
  • Providing financial and other institutionalized incentives and strategies for integrated participation processes,
  • Using appropriate governance and management scales effectively integrating mediators,
  • Using opportunities for transformative change offered by crisis, and
  • Learning from worldwide amplification experiences.

The article is available HERE

Controlled flooding through a bypass canal along the Waal river, Nijmegen, Netherlands ©Zoran Vojinovic

Ecological connectivity and socio-economic accessibility is improved by nature-based solutions in the Cantón Flores, Heredia Province, Costa Rica. Drone image from the Quebrada Seca River next to the real world lab of the SEE-URBAN-WATER project. Source: Dennis Jöckel.

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