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Nature-Based Solutions: Current Issues
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Nature-Based Solutions: Current Issues

Nature-based solutions are actions to protect, manage, or restore natural or modified ecosystems to benefit both people and nature. Interest in nature-based solutions is growing from both the public and private sectors, as is the desire to scale up implementation—so conversations around their effectiveness, execution, funding, and policies are more crucial than ever.

Explore current issues related to nature-based solutions, discover promising practices, and hear from experts working in this field via “Nature-Based Solutions: Current Issues,” a webinar series organized by the Nicholas Institute’s National Ecosystem Services Partnership (NESP) and the Resilience Roadmap project.

All sessions will be recorded and available for later viewing. Stay informed about upcoming sessions by subscribing to the NESP email list and the Nicholas Institute's email list.

 

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Upcoming Webinars

Additional webinars will be scheduled soon. Please check back or join the Nicholas Institute mailing list and/or the NESP mailing list to get updates on upcoming events.

Previous Webinars

State and Regional Programs Supporting Natural Climate Solutions

Governments are beginning to promote and incentivize natural climate solutions as one of the important ways to address the climate crisis. The latest session of the Nature-Based Solutions: Current Issues webinar series will spotlight two such government programs in the United States—the Massachusetts Forests as Climate Solutions Initiative and the Regional Climate Protection Authority in Sonoma County, California.

Date and Time
Friday, December 15, 2023 - 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Location
Webinar via Zoom

Financing Nature-Based Solutions Using Green Banks

This in-person panel event features four speakers who detail past examples and proposed concepts for financing nature-based solutions using green banks. The speakers also share insights about scaling up implementation of these types of financial mechanisms. Organized by the Nicholas Institute and the Environmental Policy Innovation Center.

Date and Time
Thursday, July 27, 2023 - 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Location
Duke in DC (1201 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004)

The Nature-Based Solutions Roadmap for the United States

In November, the Biden-Harris administration released a roadmap for unlocking the potential of nature-based solutions in the United States. In the fourth session of the Nature-Based Solutions: Current Issues webinar series, hear from two authors of the roadmap, as well as federal agency representatives.

Date and Time
Wednesday, January 18, 2023 - 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location
Webinar

Federal Cost-Benefit Analysis Policies for Evaluating Nature-Based Solutions

US federal agencies use cost-benefit analysis (CBA) to make decisions about the types of infrastructure projects to implement. In the third session of the Nature-Based Solutions: Current Issues webinar series, experts working with the federal government discuss how these policies might be updated to enable more nature-based solutions projects.

Date and Time
Thursday, January 12, 2023 - 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location
Webinar

Financing Mechanisms for Nature-Based Solutions Projects

One of the major hurdles keeping NbS projects from scaling up is finding ways to pay for them. This session, the second of the Nature-based Solutions: Current Issues webinar series, highlights insights about various mechanisms that can be used to pay for NbS, including state and federal policies and programs, as well as finance tools.

Date and Time
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Location
Webinar

How Does Nature Measure Up? Innovative Examples of Cost-Benefit Analysis of Nature-Based Solutions

Session one of the Nature-based Solutions: Current Issues webinar series focuses on assessing the costs and benefits of NbS. How can we account for all the benefits NbS provide? How do they compare to more traditional (gray infrastructure) solutions? What is the return on investment for NbS?

Date and Time
Monday, November 14, 2022 - 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location
Webinar