Nature-based Solutions for Disaster and Climate Resilience

Sectors and Themes
Disaster Risk Reduction
Nature-based Solutions and Ecosystem Services
Expertise Level
Resource Type
Guidance and Frameworks
Developer or Source
SDG Academy

Nature offers many solutions for reducing the impacts from disasters and climate impacts. This may include protecting forests on steep slopes, maintaining sand dunes along coastlines, wetlands to buffer excess rainwater. These so-called ‘Nature- based solutions’ (NbS) are an important piece in the puzzle to building the resilience of households and communities to an ever-increasing number of disaster events around the world.

For years, experience and evidence on NbS from around the world has been growing. But many people – from policy makers, through to engineers and businesses – don't yet know how NbS can help them solve the challenges they’re facing from events like floods, heatwaves, or droughts. These events affect the lives of millions of people every year.

In this online course, UNEP and environmental experts from around the world will answer the questions: What are "Nature-based solutions (or NbS)"? How can they help build resilience to disasters and climate change impacts? Why is NbS relevant? How can I apply NbS in my work and everyday life?

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