Our new CIO Special discusses Nature-based Solutions (NbS) which will help us tackle the climate crisis. But to fully harness the potential of NbS, we need a precise conceptual understanding of what they are and the benefits they provide.  

Key takeaways:

  • Nature-based Solutions (NbS) are “actions to protect, sustainably manage, and restore natural or modified ecosystems, that address societal challenges effectively and adaptively, simultaneously providing human well-being and biodiversity benefits” (according to the IUCN definition). 
  • The concept of NbS is aligned with the “nature as capital” approach i.e. a focus on the importance of natural assets in delivering ecosystem services. NbS, combined with changes in economic behaviour and technology, will help us combat the triple planetary crisis. 
  • Effective use of NbS depends on understanding both their economic and environmental value. Quantitative assessment is necessary and the UN’s SEEA will help develop new systems. Financial institutions will play a role too. 

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