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Open Access Nature-based Solutions: New Influence for Environmental Management and Research in Europe

Greening roofs or walls to cool down city areas during summer, to capture storm water, to abate pollution, and to increase human well-being while enhancing biodiversity: nature-based solutions (NBS) refer to the sustainable management and use of nature for tackling societal challenges. Building on and comple- menting traditional biodiversity conservation and management strategies, NBS integrate science, policy, and practice and create biodiversity benefits in terms of diverse, well-managed ecosystems.

Keywords: biodiversity; ecosystem Services; research programming; social-ecological Systems; societal challenges; sustainable management

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2015

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