Nature-Related Benefits

NBS BENEFIT#48: Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

The primary responses to climate change are mitigation and adaptation. Mitigation actions tackle the causes of climate change and adaptation actions address the impacts. Although these are separate strategies with different challenges, both are necessary to help reduce the negative effects of climate change. [1,2] Table 1. Climate change mitigation and adaptation Climate Change Measure …

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NBS BENEFIT #44: INCREASED CARBON STORAGE – SOIL

Soil is the third largest reservoir of carbon, including both organic and inorganic components. Carbon in soil is in the solid form, as opposed to carbon in the gaseous form, such as carbon dioxide (CO2). Soil organic carbon (SOC) is stored in the organic material from decayed plants and animals which is formed when plants …

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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 #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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