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


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 (aquaNbS). The framework is based on the social, technologic, and social dimensions, and propose that there is a need to characterize the interactions of these…

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


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 many European cities, the implementation of NBS in aquatic ecosystems (“aquaNBS”) through the restoration or construction of new habitats has become an important policy goal.…

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Blue nature-based solutions in and of cities


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 the aesthetic value of our urban landscapes but also provide a range of ecosystem services for the urban quality of life, such as regulating water…

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


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 adaptation and mitigation? This is the focus of the newly created Biodiversa+ Knowledge hub. On February 9 and 10th, 32 researchers from 21 projects (BiodivClim,…

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Isotope laboratory, eDNA sampling

Ecohydrological boundary conditions for Ecosystem Services of aquaNBS


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 they contain. The approach uses two types of tracers, stable water isotopes and eDNA. Both give clues as to the sources and flow pathways of…

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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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