NIVA recently published a new synthesis report and other resources from the S-ITUATION project, lead by NIVA and funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers. Other partners were Aarhus University (Denmark), Luke – Natural Resources Institute (Finland), Agricultural University of Iceland, and Lund University (Sweden)
The synthesis on nature-based solutions in the Nordic region shows that:
Clear political willingness and prioritization are needed to mainstream NBS
Institutional structures and policy instruments are essential to implement NBS
Common standards and guidance can support increased adoption of NBS
Long-term monitoring and evaluation of implemented NBS is central
Adaptive management to increase resilience is very important
Sustainable use and management should be prerequisites for NBS
The knowledge-base in all phases of NBS projects should be strengthened
Further research on NBS is needed to reduce uncertainties and overcome knowledge-gaps
Participatory approaches can strengthen collaboration and stakeholder involvement in NBS
The SPARE project is currently working on several of these aspects.
Ingvild Skumlien Furuseth and Leonard Sandin, both involved in the SPARE project, presented the results in a webinar in "Naturbasert sone" (in Norwegian/Swedish):
You may find the presentation here.
Publications from the S-ITUATION project are available here:
Report: «Working with Nature-Based Solutions: Synthesis and mapping of status in the Nordics».
Nordic policy brief: Status of nature-based solutions in the Nordics
Fact sheets: NBS in agricultural landscapes, Marine and coastal NBS, NBS in forest ecosystems, Urban NBS, and Wetland restoration
Visit the S-ITUATION website for more information.