Nature-based Solutions

We rely on nature and the power of healthy ecosystems to protect people, optimise infrastructure and safeguard a stable and biodiverse future.


Nature-based Solutions for people and planet


Solutions for infrastructure

US$ 57 billion

Flooding damages averted by mangroves in China, India, Mexico, US and Viet Nam each year

Solutions for climate


Amount of climate mitigation Nature-based Solutions can contribute to meeting Paris climate goal

Solutions for smart investments

US$ 170 billion

Estimated global benefits in ecosystem services from Nature-based Solutions focused on climate



How we engage

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Nature-based Solutions
are actions to protect, sustainably manage, and restore natural and modified ecosystems that address societal challenges effectively and adaptively, simultaneously providing human well-being and biodiversity benefits.


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  • Woman holding sea cucumber, Zanzibar Woman holding sea cucumber, Zanzibar Photo: Raphaela Legouvello

    Aquaculture and Nature-based Solutions: new report


    A new report from the AquaCoCo project works to identify synergies between sustainable development of coastal  communities, aquaculture, and marine and coastal conservation. It examines the emerging concept of Nature-based Solutions (NbS)...

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    Request for Proposals (RfP) - Nature-based Solutions Project Design Consultant


    IUCN Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia invites individuals, teams of experts, or consulting companies to submit a Proposal for the consultancy requiring services for a Project Design Consultant in the frame of the ADAPT project. 

  • North Macedonia Gari, North Macedonia Photo: © Unsplash Kristijan Arsov

    Request for Proposals (RfP) - consultancy opportunities in North Macedonia


    IUCN Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Centrals Asia (ECARO) seeks one (1) Ecology Consultant and one (1) Disaster Risk Reduction Consultant to support the realisation of a tender dossier for application of Nature-based Solutions in North Macedonia...


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ASK AN EXPERT: What is ecosystem restoration? A science-based Outlook

ADD THIS TO YOUR CALENDAR: 1 June at 13:00 CET, hear expert voices from the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration Science Task Force share the fundamentals of the science behind ecosystem restoration. They will walk us through their recommendations for high-quality restoration and focus our...

Quick reads

Aimed at policy-makers and journalists, IUCN Issues Briefs provide key information on selected issues in a two-pager format.

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Post-2020 global biodiversity framework

In October 2021 and April 2022, Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will meet in Kunming, China (COP15) to determine the post-2020 global biodiversity framework (the framework...
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Nature-based recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic caused the global economy to shrink by an estimated 3.5% in 2020. 8.8% of global working hours were lost, equivalent to 255 million full-time jobs, and severe long-term economic...
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Ensuring effective Nature-based Solutions

Nature-based Solutions are actions addressing key societal challenges through the protection, sustainable management and restoration of both natural and modified ecosystems, benefiting both...
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