On behalf of NGI, University of Bologna, IHE Delft and iCATALIST, Farrokh Nadim and Vittoria Capobianco led the virtual session “Nature Based Soulutions: Balancing risk and societal benefits” at the “URF 2020”.
The increasing frequency and severity of hydro-meteorological events on land and sea have a high impact globally. The science behind these phenomena is complex and multi-disciplinary as the international scientific community explores solutions that not only mitigate the impact of hydro-meteorological events but also can contribute to disaster risk reduction and achieve the broader goals of the Sendai Framework, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.
The implementation of nature-based solutions (NBS), solutions that are inspired and supported by nature, have the potential to reduce the risk of extreme hydro-meteorological events and simultaneously provide environmental, social and economic benefits and help build resilience.
This Focus Day event therefore aims to
i) explore how balancing perspectives can improve the implementation of nature-based solutions (NBS) to reduce hydro-meteorological risks; and
ii) promote and share experience currently being developed in Europe and Asia with the best available science and knowledge to establish a coherent approach towards risk management.