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Research and innovation

Nature-based solutions

Nature-based solutions and how the Commission defines them, funding, collaboration and jobs, projects, results and publications

The EU and nature-based solutions

The ambition of research and innovation policy is to position the EU as leader in innovating with nature to achieve more sustainable and resilient societies.

The Commission defines nature-based solutions as

“Solutions that are inspired and supported by nature, which are cost-effective, simultaneously provide environmental, social and economic benefits and help build resilience. Such solutions bring more, and more diverse, nature and natural features and processes into cities, landscapes and seascapes, through locally adapted, resource-efficient and systemic interventions.”

Nature-based solutions must therefore benefit biodiversity and support the delivery of a range of ecosystem services.

Read more about Commission research and policy on nature-based solutions

Funding opportunities

On this page you can find more information, the work programme and a link to the environment-related calls

Co-financing for climate change mitigation and adaptation research, supporting the transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy

COST (European cooperation in science and technology) funds bottom-up, open research and innovation networks

Projects and results

Interactive map showing 1000 examples of nature-based solutions from across 100 European cities

Access to real-time programme data with the ability to filter by country, region, theme and more

Platform where framework programme participants present their results for you to search, contact their owners, and form partnerships

Collaboration and jobs

Platform hosting the latest nature-based solutions research, best practices and resources

Scientific publications, tools and databases

Platform for sharing data and information to inform decision making on climate adaptation

Scientific research publications on nature-based solutions published by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC)

You can access all scientific publications from Horizon 2020 via OpenAIRE

Single point of access to open data produced by the EU institutions - all data free to use for commercial and non-commercial purposes