Tackling climate change through nature-based solutions
On January 22 - 24, 2019, around 90 experts met in Marseille, France, to promote adaptation and mitigation to climate change based on ecosystems and to facilitate their integration into national climate change adaptation policies.
This workshop aimed to capitalize on the outcomes and "lessons learned" from projects that are being carried out in Europe and the Mediterranean by different partners across different ecosystems and develop and share knowledge about the role of ecosystems in climate change mitigation and adaptation in the context of nature-based solutions as an umbrella concept that covers a whole range of ecosystem-related approaches, including ecosystem-based adaptation, all of which address societal challenges, such as food security, climate change, water security, human health, disaster risk and social and economic development.
The workshop sessions were also focused on nature-based solutions to mitigate and adapt to climate change effects through restoring and increasing the resilience of ecosystems such as green infrastructure (e.g. green roofs, walls or farms) which are highly efficient to face environmental, economic and societal challenges posed by climate change in natural and urban ecosystems. The ReNature team was presented through a poster presentation, and it was an ideal opportunity to exchange European and Mediterranean best practices and challenges in terms of Nature-based Solutions with other researchers and environmental managers, and to create new collaborations.