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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

BiNatUr joins the Biodiversa+ Knowledge hub on “Potential of Nature-based Solutions for mitigation and adapting to climate change”

By Kati Vierikko | 23 February 2023

by Pedro Pinho and Filipa Grilo, University of Lisbon What do we currently know and what are the current gaps on the topic of Nature-based Solutions contribution to climate change…

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Isotope laboratory, eDNA sampling

Ecohydrological boundary conditions for Ecosystem Services of aquaNBS

By Michael Monaghan IGB | 11 October 2022

By Michael Monaghan and Dörthe Tetzlaff IGB The WP4 team is interested in how the sources and flow pathways of water affect the persistence of urban aquaNBS and the biodiversity…

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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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