Tools you can find here include:
- About Climate Change Adaptation - Nature-Based Solutions - HELP: Honouring and Empowering our Living Planet
- Case Studies and Local Leadership Focus
- Inclusive Governance Resources (walking the path to solutions)
- Research, Reports, and Links
The goal of this resource hub is to suggest ways for completed projects globally and locally to inform local initiatives that consider the unique ecotone of the Land Between or other relevant ecosystems across Ontario’s landscape. NbS is also designed to ensure that a strategy is in place to upscale and impact larger landscapes and bioregions.
Supporting restoration and protection of existing intact landscapes by working with those ecosystems, can help ensure that the services humans depend on can continue to exist. Accesses to food, clean air and water are some of the many ecosystem services that healthy, intact and biodiverse environments provide for us. The value of these services is vastly underestimated as we fail to consider what the consequential cost of not protecting these vital cycles and systems would be. NbS in this context is to be applied in an intrinsic way, that builds on making use of existing natural processes to contribute to food security, maintain and increase biodiversity (Seddon et al. 2019). Synergy is key, focusing on integration with other types of solutions and types of benefits that appreciate the whole system rather than in parts is essential to NbS. In other words we aim to coexist and support the natural equilibrium in the environment that is always working to repair and bounce back from disturbances (Keesstra et al. 2018)
Keesstra, S., Nunes, J., Novara, A., Finger, D., Avelar, D., Kalantari, Z., & Cerdà, A. (2018). The superior effect of nature based solutions in land management for enhancing ecosystem services. Science of the Total Environment, 610, 997-1009.
Seddon, N., Chausson, A., Berry, P., Girardin, C. A., Smith, A., & Turner, B. (2020). Understanding the value and limits of nature-based solutions to climate change and other global challenges. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 375(1794), 20190120.