NBS BENEFIT #43: INCREASED BIODIVERSITY

Biodiversity includes all living plants and animals on earth. “Biodiversity is the foundation of ecosystem services to which human well-being is intimately linked” . Ecosystem services are the functions of a healthy environment that benefit all living things, and includes water and soil production, plant growth, temperature control, and oxygen generation. Currently, there are an …

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NBS BENEFIT #42: URBAN REGENERATION

Urban regeneration can transform neglected areas, brown fields, and unused industrial sites into sustainable, prosperous spaces where people want to live and work. The goals of urban regeneration are to strengthen the economy and the physical and social environment of a city. Many cities are updating their planning approaches to adapt to or mitigate environmental …

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NBS BENEFIT #41: IMPROVED SOCIAL JUSTICE & SOCIAL COHESION

Nature-based solutions (NBS) bring communities together to work towards a common goal, such as healthy environments, clean air and water, and economic prosperity. Community groups can pressure governments to make changes in policy that result in improvements to public welfare. Input from minority groups and marginalized people is essential to resolve inequalities due to unjust …

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NBS BENEFIT #40: INCREASED PARTICIPATORY PLANNING & GOVERNANCE

A wide range of stakeholders can participate in the planning and governance of nature-based solutions (NBS), such as large-scale restoration of forests, wetlands, and shorelines, and small-scale implementation of green roofs and walls, rain gardens, and others. When stakeholders are involved in NBS projects, they become engaged in the process and involved in planning, decision …

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NBS BENEFIT #39: INCREASED INCOME

Economic benefits of nature-based solutions (NBS) come from energy savings, green jobs, increased productivity, improved health and happiness, and increased incomes, especially in agriculture. NBS help the environment and people. A 25-year reforestation project in the Poyang Lake watershed in China not only decreased erosion and increased carbon sequestration, it also increased the incomes of …

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