The European Environmental Agency (EEA) briefing ‘Scaling nature-based solutions for climate resilience and nature restoration’ highlights the challenges in scaling of nature-based solutions across Europe. Limited experience and a lack of assessment standards hinder replicating projects and applying them on a broader scale.

Key points:

  • Importance of scaling up: accelerating and scaling nature-based projects is crucial to meet EU climate change targets. It aids in climate adaptation, enhancing resilience against extreme weather events. Additionally, it aligns with EU's nature restoration agenda, bolstering biodiversity.
  • enefits of nature-based solutions: when implemented widely, these solutions contribute significantly to various environmental and climate objectives in urban and rural settings.
  • Understanding success factors: further insight into local success factors and barriers to scaling is necessary. This requires systematic monitoring, reporting, and evaluation for long-term effectiveness
  • Clear cost-benefit analysis: the need for clarity regarding costs and benefits to stakeholders and investors is paramount. Quantifying social and economic aspects remains limited.
  • Enhanced governance and voordination: to maximize their potential, nature-based solutions require targeted governance and coordination. This includes financial incentives, regional planning based on risk profiles, a catalogue of existing projects, and baseline information on their current application.

Source of information: https://www.eea.europa.eu/en/newsroom/news/nature-based-solutions-play-crucial-role (Published 16 November 2023).