Journal article

Diagnosing delivery capabilities on a large international nature-based solutions project

Thami Croeser, Georgia E Garrard, Freya M Thomas, Trinh Duc Tran, Ian Mell, Sarah Clement, Raúl Sánchez, Sarah Bekessy

npj Urban Sustainability | Springer Science and Business Media LLC | Published : 2021

Abstract

AbstractNature-based solutions (NBS) are increasingly at the centre of urban strategies to mitigate heatwaves and flooding, improve public health and restore biodiversity. However, on-ground implementation has been slow, inconsistent and often limited to demonstration sites. A broad literature consistently highlights institutional barriers as a major reason for the observed implementation gap. In this study, we developed and deployed an assessment tool to identify barriers to NBS delivery on a European Commission Horizon 2020 project spanning seven cities. We found that practitioners were effectively navigating challenges in the areas where they had significant control, including community e..

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