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Bringing nature back

- biodiversity-friendly nature-based solutions in cities -

Climate change will have dramatic consequences for the quantity, quality, and seasonal distribution of water in cities. One result will be increased flash-flooding and soil erosion in urban areas. Water-based nature-based solutions (“aquaNBS”) such as wetlands, streams or stormwater ponds are implemented in many European cities, but their role in improving the climate resilience of cities and simultaneously enhancing local biodiversity are understudied.

Constructed nature-based solution in Helsinki Finland

The project “Bringing nature back – biodiversity-friendly nature-based solutions in cities (BiNatUr)” will analyze the role of biodiversity and its linkages with regulation ecosystem services (ES) in urban aquatic nature-based solutions. We employ a social, ecological, and technological system (SETS) framework to study complex interactions of aquatic nature-based solutions at three spatial scales in five European cities (Antwerpen, Berlin, Helsinki, Lisbon and Poznań). We have selected 12 research sites in each city. Discover their locations here. The overall aim of the project is to improve biodiversity-friendly planning, building, restoration, and management of water-based nature-based solutions. Read more about our project: 

Geographical scaling of Binatur project

Research news

Social-Ecological-Technological Framework for Studying Urban Aquatic Nature-Based Solutions in Cities

By | 31 January 2024

By Kati Vierikko and Pedro Pinho BiNatUr team published a book chapter in 2023 focusing on the use of a holistic framework to encompass the functioning of aquatic nature-based solutions…

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What kind of aquatic nature-based solutions we study? Selections of research sites

By paakayttaja | 06 April 2023

by Kati Vierikko and Pedro Pinho Nature-based solutions (NBS, or NbS) are expected to provide multiple ecosystem services (ES) and support biodiversity (BD) (Franzeskaki et al. 2019, European Union 2021). In…

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Blue nature-based solutions in and of cities

By paakayttaja | 16 March 2023

by Thilo Wellmann & Dagmar Haase, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Urban waterbodies, such as lakes, rivers, and ponds, are essential components of our cities and towns. They not only add to…

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Project funders: 

This research was funded through the 2020-2021 Biodiversa and Water JPI joint call for research projects, under the BiodivRestore ERA-NET Cofund (GA N°101003777), with the EU and the funding organisations The Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO), Belgium; Academy of Finland (AKA), VDI/VDE-IT, Germany; National Science Center (NCN), Poland and Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT), Portugal 

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