Key enablers of and barriers to the uptake and implementation of nature-based solutions in urban settings: A review

Shahryar Ershad Sarabi (Corresponding Author), Qi Han, A. Georges L. Romme, Bauke de Vries, Laura Wendling

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Abstract

Climate change and urbanization have resulted in several societal challenges for urban areas. Nature-based solutions (NBS) have been positioned as solutions for enhancing urban resilience in the face of these challenges. However, the body of conceptual and practical knowledge regarding NBS remains fragmented. This study addresses this gap by means of a systematic review of the literature, to define NBS as a theoretical concept; its broader significance with respect to societal challenges; the key stakeholders in NBS planning, implementation and management; and major barriers to and enablers of NBS uptake. The results of this review reveal that, despite a lack of consensus about the definition of NBS, there is a shared understanding that the NBS concept encompasses human and ecological benefits beyond the core objective of ecosystem conservation, restoration or enhancement. Significant barriers to and enablers of NBS are discussed, along with a proposed strategic planning framework for successful uptake of NBS.

Original languageEnglish
Article number121
JournalResources
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal

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Keywords

  • Barriers
  • Enablers
  • Nature-based solutions
  • NBS
  • Strategic planning
  • Systematic review

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Sarabi, Shahryar Ershad ; Han, Qi ; Romme, A. Georges L. ; de Vries, Bauke ; Wendling, Laura. / Key enablers of and barriers to the uptake and implementation of nature-based solutions in urban settings : A review. In: Resources. 2019 ; Vol. 8, No. 3.
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