BiNatUr – Bringing Nature Back

Bringing nature back through biodiversity friendly nature-based solutions in cities

Urban Space meets Nature. Südpanke, Berlin. | Photo: Thilo Wellmann, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Climate change will affect the quantity, quality and distribution of water in urban environments. Wetlands, streams and ponds can be found throughout European cities, however, their role in improving climate change resilience and biodiversity is not yet fully understood. Through social, ecological and technological system frameworks (SETS) the complex interactions of aquatic nature-based solutions (NBS) will be explored across five European cities (Antwerpen, Berlin, Helsinki, Lisbon and Poznań. The aim is to improve the planning and restoration of new and existing nature-based solutions to increase the resiliency of cities and create climate-smart, biodiverse and sustainable urban spaces.

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(Dept. 1) Ecohydrology and Biogeochemistry
(Dept. 5) Evolutionary and Integrative Ecology
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This research was funded through the 2020-2021 Biodiversa and Water JPI joint call for research projects, under the BiodivRestore ERA-NET Cofund (GA N°101003777), with the EU and the funding organisations The Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO), Belgium; Academy of Finland (AKA), VDI/VDE-IT, Germany; National Science Center (NCN), Poland and Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT), Portugal 


Finnish Environment Institute SYKE

University of Antwerpen – ECOSHERE, Belgium

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

University of Lisbon, Portugal

Poznan University of Life Sciences, Poland

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