Nature-based solutions (NBS) are defined as “actions to protect, sustainably manage, or restore natural or modified ecosystems to address societal challenges, simultaneously providing benefits for people and the environment” in the 2022 national roadmap for accelerating NBS released by the White House. Examples of NBS include protecting forests, restoring coastal marshes, or creating rain gardens. They are a fundamental tool for addressing the climate crisis, just like deploying renewable energy, improving energy efficiency, and electrifying transportation. NBS can also reduce emissions, remove carbon from the atmosphere, make ecosystems more resilient, and lower climate change risks for people.
As momentum for nature-based solutions grows, the Nicholas Institute is working to identify opportunities to implement these projects, understand and measure their benefits for people and ecosystems, and provide relevant planning and communications resources for natural resource managers.
Nature-Based Solutions: Current Issues is an ongoing series in which participants explore issues related to nature-based solutions, discover promising practices, and hear from experts working in the field. Organized by the National Ecosystem Services Partnership and the Resilience Roadmap project.