Special Issue "Nature-Based Solutions—Concept, Evaluation, and Governance"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2020).
Interests: Nature-Based Solutions; ecosystem services; urban forestry; human–nature relations and interactions (especially related to recreational use); sustainable use of natural resources; renewable energies
Interests: river restoration; urban river; socio-ecological system; urban climate; nature-based solution; sustainable flood protection; ecosystem services; environmental resilience; climate adaptation
'Nature-Based Solutions' is a rapidly evolving topic that has gained increasing attention and is now at the top of political agendas worldwide. The international commitments to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees by the end of the century requires rapid development of new adaption strategies. Novel approaches are needed not only to limit global warming, but also to face the predicted changes in weather patterns caused by climate change that result in more frequent severe weather events and increased hazard from extreme floods and/or landslides. According to the EU definition, Nature-Based Solutions are adaptation and risk mitigation measures inspired by nature and continuously supported by natural processes. They are recognized worldwide as relevant tools for climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction. Designed to address various environmental challenges in a resource-efficient and adaptable manner, they also aim to provide economic, societal, and environmental co-benefits by enhancing biodiversity and providing multiple ecosystem services. Nature-Based Solutions also provide many opportunities for active involvement of stakeholders and the civil society, e.g., in co-creation and co-design of possible solutions.
The journal Sustainability, with its commitment and reputation for publishing cross-disciplinary research within the themes of environmental, cultural, economic, and social sustainability of human beings, is an ideal platform for scholars and practitioners working in the field of Nature-Based Solutions to share their ideas and experiences. This Special Issue on nature-based solutions aims to provide a forum for presenting current original research covering the different aspects of Nature-Based Solutions, from technical reflections on human–nature interactions and policies to innovations resulting from co-design and co-creation processes. Practitioners and end-users are strongly encouraged to contribute to this Special Issue of Sustainability with their reflections and experiences highlighting the cross- and transdisciplinary character of Nature-Based Solutions.
Dr. Gerd Lupp
Dr. Aude Zingraff-Hamed
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- Nature-Based Solutions (NBS)
- risk reduction
- flood risk reduction
- reduction of natural hazards
- stakeholder participation