The evolution and future of research on Nature-based Solutions to address societal challenges

A new study addresses an imbalance in Nature-based Solutions. While climate change and biodiversity get the spotlight, crucial areas like health, food security, and water are lagging behind.

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Nature-based Solutions (NbS) are formally considered for their potential to address a range of societal challenges, beyond climate change adaptation and mitigation, and the reversal of biodiversity loss. However, has research on NbS adequately balanced the importance of these societal challenges?

A new study, recently published in Nature Portfolio, utilizes the seven major societal challenges addressed by NbS according to IUCN, to identify the primary themes of the NbS research landscape from 1990-2021, highlighting the under-representation of four societal challenges: economic and social development, human health, food security, and water security, and propose six research pathways for researchers, policymakers, and practitioners, to advance the scientific evidence for NbS in these areas.

The publication was co-authored by EFI Biocities’ Senior Researcher Matilda van den Bosch with other prominent scientists.

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SOURCEEFI Biocities Facility
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