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Under Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe, the European Commission funds research and innovation projects that propose nature-based solutions (NBS) to fight climate change and biodiversity loss, while improving our health and creating jobs.

The Commission defines nature-based solutions as “Solutions that are inspired and supported by nature, which are cost-effective, simultaneously provide environmental, social and economic benefits and help build resilience. Such solutions bring more, and more diverse, nature and natural features and processes into cities, landscapes and seascapes, through locally adapted, resource-efficient and systemic interventions.”

Nature-based solutions must therefore benefit biodiversity and support the delivery of a range of ecosystem services.

Check this visual with some of the EU-funded projects on nature-based solutions, their research and results.

Find out more:

EU research and innovation in natured-based solutions

Nature-based solutions task forces

Network Nature: a resource for the nature-based solutions community, creating opportunities for local, regional and international cooperation to maximise the impact and spread of nature-based solutions. 

Evaluating the impact of nature-based solutions - A handbook for practitioners

Evaluating the impact of nature-based solutions - Appendix of methods

Evaluating the impact of nature-based solutions - A summary for policy makers

Nature-based solutions: state of the art in EU-funded projects

Public procurement of nature-based solutions

EU Repository of nature-based solutions - case studies