Journal article

Nature-Based Solutions for Urban Climate Change Adaptation: Linking Science, Policy, and Practice Communities for Evidence-Based Decision-Making

Niki Frantzeskaki, Timon McPhearson, Marcus J Collier, Dave Kendal, Harriet Bulkeley, Adina Dumitru, Claire Walsh, Kate Noble, Ernita Van Wyk, Camilo Ordonez, Cathy Oke, Laszlo Pinter

BioScience | Oxford University Press (OUP) | Published : 2019


Nature-based solutions offer an exciting prospect for resilience building and advancing urban planning to address complex urban challenges simultaneously. In this article, we formulated through a coproduction process in workshops held during the first IPCC Cities and Climate Science Conference in Edmonton, Canada, in March 2018, a series of synthesis statements on the role, potential, and research gaps of nature-based solutions for climate adaptation and mitigation. We address interlocking questions about the evidence and knowledge needed for integrating nature-based solutions into urban agendas. We elaborate on the ways to advance the planning and knowledge agenda for nature-based solutions..

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Awarded by National Science Foundation's URExSRN project

Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The research leading to this article has received funding from the European Community's Framework Program Horizon 2020 for the Connecting Nature Project (grant agreement no. 730222;, and the NATURVATION project (grant agreement no. 730423; was also received from the National Science Foundation's URExSRN project (; award no. SES-1444755), the European Joint Program Initiative Biodiversa ENABLE project (, and the Australian Research Council (linkage grant no. LP-160100780). The US Agency for International Development is thanked for supporting the participation of ICLEI staff in the IPCC 2018 in Edmonton, Canada.