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Harnessing the Power of Collaboration for Nature-based Solutions

Cover of the independent expert report "Harnessing the power of collaboration for nature-based solutions : new ideas and insights for local decision-makers"

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Harnessing the Power of Collaboration for Nature-based Solutions

New ideas and insights for local decision-makers


European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, Naumann, S., Burgos Cuevas, N., Davies, C., et al., Harnessing the power of collaboration for nature-based solutions : new ideas and insights for local decision-makers, Publications Office of the European Union, 2023,

Step into a realm of collaborative innovation with our insightful briefing paper, a product of the Nature Based Solutions Task Force 6 joint efforts. This paper focuses on co-creation for nature-based solutions, providing practical examples and guidance for local decision-makers. It sheds light on the effective utilization of co-governance approaches, encouraging participatory processes and collaborative creation in the realm of nature-based solutions.

Through the lens of real-world experiences, this paper explores how to harness the potential of these solutions from design to implementation and maintenance. It addresses institutional challenges that decision-makers often face when dealing with nature-based solutions, offering viable options for overcoming them. Drawing from city experiences, it highlights the value of co-governance, showcasing how inclusive governance approaches can transform cities and inspire others to follow suit.

Whether you're a decision-maker seeking pragmatic insights or simply intrigued by the possibilities of collaborative governance, this briefing paper offers a grounded perspective on co-creation for nature-based solutions.

Join us in exploring a path towards more inclusive and sustainable practices, where communities and nature thrive together.


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Sandra Naumann
Clive Davies
Sean Bradley
Israa H. Mahmoud
Alessandro Arlati

Case study authors:

Chemnitz: Max Krombholz (City of Chemnitz), INTERLACE
CBIMA: Erica Calderon Jimenez (CBIMA), Marcela Gutiérrez Miranda (UNA), INTERLACE
Collserola: Eugenia Vidal Casanovas (Àrea Metropolitana de Barcelona), CLEARINGHOUSE
Hamburg: Alessandro Arlati (HafenCity Universität Hamburg), CLEVER Cities
Lima: Noemie Marinucci and Diletta Muccilli (European Urban Knowledge Network), CONEXUS
Sheffield: Noemi Marinucci (European Urban Knowledge Network), CONEXUS
Valencia: Gemma Garcia (Tecnalia) and Francisca Hipólito (Las Naves), GrowGreen
Wroclaw: Gemma Garcia (Tecnalia) and Małgorzata Bartyna-Zielińska (Wroclaw Municipality)


McKenna Davis (Ecologic Institute), Martin Grisel (European Urban Knowledge Network), Piret Noukas (European Research Executive Agency), Jonathan Hobbs (Newcastle University), Mari Carmen Garcia (MCG Research&Innovation Sustainability)


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