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


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..

View full abstract

University of Melbourne Researchers