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Nature-based Solutions (NbS)

We find the following open access learning materials on NbS helpful.


Books, reports and articles:

This book addresses Nature-based Solutions in grasslands and savannas. Its chapters refer to Zimbabwe, South Africa, Belize and China.

Herrero, V., Southworth, J. (eds.) (2021): Dynamics of the Global Savanna and Grassland Biomes. printed edition of the Special Issue Dynamics of the Global Savanna and Grassland Biomes that was published in Applied Sciences. MDPI, Basel.


In this report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Nature-based Solutions are being connected with specific societal challenges, for example climate change and food security. Various case studies from around the world are being presented.

Cohen-Shacham, E., Walters, G., Janzen, C. and Maginnis, S. (eds.) (2016): Nature-based Solutions to address global societal challenges. IUCN, Gland.


This book focuses on the implementation of Nature-based Solutions in urban areas. The chapters discuss health and social benefits of Nature-based Solutions in cities.

Kabisch, N., Korn, H., Stadler, J., Bonn, A. (eds.) (2017): Nature-Based Solutions to Climate Change Adaptation in Urban Areas. Linkages between Science, Policy and Practice. Springer, Cham.


This article points at the urgency of integrating Nature-based Solutions into climate policy.

Seddon, N., Chausson, A., Berry, P., Girardin, C.A.J., Smith, A., Turner, B. (2020): Understanding the value and limits of nature-based solutions to climate change and other global challenges. In: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 375 (1794), 1-12.



This video illustrates Nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation. It is presented by the Nature-based Solutions Initiative by the University of Oxford.


Databases and platforms:

The Nature-based Solutions Initiative offers an interactive map, which allows you to view the Initiative’s case studies conducted in fifteen countries worldwide. The platform is also useful for researching articles or authors dealing with Nature-based Solutions.


The Global Program on Nature-based Solutions for Climate Resilience is a project run by the World Bank Group. Their website offers a knowledge hub, where you can find a growing collection of reports, case studies and other freely accessible documents regarding Nature-based Solutions.