Evaluating the Impact of Nature-Based Solutions: A Handbook for Practitioners


Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (European Commission) Dumitru, A. and Wendling, L. (ed.) 2021. Evaluating the Impact of Nature-Based Solutions: A Handbook for Practitioners. Luxembourg European Commission.
AuthorsDirectorate-General for Research and Innovation (European Commission)
EditorsDumitru, A. and Wendling, L.

The Handbook aims to provide decision-makers with a comprehensive NBS impact assessment framework, and a robust set of indicators and methodologies to assess impacts of nature-based solutions across 12 societal challenge areas: Climate Resilience; Water Management; Natural and Climate Hazards; Green Space Management; Biodiversity; Air Quality; Place Regeneration; Knowledge and Social Capacity Building for Sustainable Urban Transformation; Participatory Planning and Governance; Social Justice and Social Cohesion; Health and Well-being; New Economic Opportunities and Green Jobs. Indicators have been developed collaboratively by representatives of 17 individual EU-funded NBS projects and collaborating institutions such as the EEA and JRC, as part of the European Taskforce for NBS Impact Assessment, with the four-fold objective of: serving as a reference for relevant EU policies and activities; orient urban practitioners in developing robust impact evaluation frameworks for nature-based solutions at different scales; expand upon the pioneering work of the EKLIPSE framework by providing a comprehensive set of indicators and methodologies; and build the European evidence base regarding NBS impacts. They reflect the state of the art in current scientific research on impacts of nature-based solutions and valid and standardized methods of assessment, as well as the state of play in urban implementation of evaluation frameworks.

PublisherEuropean Commission
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Online04 May 2021
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Deposited26 May 2021
Place of publicationLuxembourg
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.2777/244577
Copyright holder© European Union, 2021
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