Next Article in Journal
Rasch Model for Assessing Propensity to Entomophagy
Next Article in Special Issue
Comparing Wetland Ecosystems Service Provision under Different Management Approaches: Two Cases Study of Tianfu Wetland and Nansha Wetland in China
Previous Article in Journal
The Corporate Responsibility Paradox: A Multi-National Investigation of Business Traveller Attitudes and Their Sustainable Travel Behaviour
Previous Article in Special Issue
The Role of Green Infrastructure in Enhancing Microclimate Conditions: A Case Study of a Low-Rise Neighborhood in Abu Dhabi
Communication

The Circular Benefits of Participation in Nature-Based Solutions

1
Earthwatch Europe, Mayfield House, 256 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7DE, UK
2
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH, UK
3
Norwegian Institute for Water Research, Gaustadalléen, 21 0349 Oslo, Norway
4
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford OX10 8BB, UK
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Diego Pablo Ruiz Padillo
Sustainability 2021, 13(8), 4344; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084344
Received: 20 March 2021 / Revised: 1 April 2021 / Accepted: 7 April 2021 / Published: 14 April 2021
Nature-based solutions (NbS) provide direct benefits to people who live in areas where these approaches are present. The degree of direct benefits (thermal comfort, reduced flood risk, and mental health) varies across temporal and spatial scales, and it can be modelled and quantified. Less clear are the indirect benefits related to opportunities to learn about the environment and its influence on personal behaviour and action. The present study, based on survey data from 1955 participants across 17 cities worldwide, addressed whether participation in NbS through two types of interactions (a passive learning experience about NbS and a more active experience based on Citizen Science) stimulates motivation and willingness to be more environmentally sustainable. Over 75% of participants improved their understanding of environmental sustainability and were highly motivated and more confident in their ability to improve sustainability in their local environment/nature. Similar percentage improvements arose from both types of activity across all cities. Those NbS that had elements of both blue and green infrastructure rated higher than those that had predominantly green NbS. Interestingly, a large percentage of the participants did not live near the NbS that were the focus of these activities. This indicated that expected spatial limitations between benefit and recipient may be overcome when dedicated programmes involve people in learning or monitoring NbS. Therefore, opportunities have arisen to expand inclusion from the immediately local to the larger community through participation and Citizen Science, with potential benefits to social cohesion and urban sustainability. View Full-Text
Keywords: nature-based solutions; Citizen Science; sustainability; environment; participation; green infrastructure; blue Infrastructure; urban; climate change nature-based solutions; Citizen Science; sustainability; environment; participation; green infrastructure; blue Infrastructure; urban; climate change
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Cárdenas, M.L.; Wilde, V.; Hagen-Zanker, A.; Seifert-Dähnn, I.; Hutchins, M.G.; Loiselle, S. The Circular Benefits of Participation in Nature-Based Solutions. Sustainability 2021, 13, 4344. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084344

AMA Style

Cárdenas ML, Wilde V, Hagen-Zanker A, Seifert-Dähnn I, Hutchins MG, Loiselle S. The Circular Benefits of Participation in Nature-Based Solutions. Sustainability. 2021; 13(8):4344. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084344

Chicago/Turabian Style

Cárdenas, Macarena L., Vanessa Wilde, Alex Hagen-Zanker, Isabel Seifert-Dähnn, Michael G. Hutchins, and Steven Loiselle. 2021. "The Circular Benefits of Participation in Nature-Based Solutions" Sustainability 13, no. 8: 4344. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084344

Find Other Styles
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Back to TopTop