Nature based Solutions

Nature Based Solutions

Mike Barby

Changing the way we think about nature

What are nature based solutions?

Nature based solutions are actions that protect, manage and restore natural ecosystems to address societal challenges – think tree-planting or wetland habitat creation in the upper catchment to slow the flow of water into a river and to reduce the threat of flooding downstream, think working with landowners to improve soil health and resilience in order to reduce the need for fertilisers which are both costly and can impact on surrounding wildlife and water courses, think protecting and expanding the network of hedges to absorb pollutants, improve air quality and also slow the flow of water across roads and land.

Restoring wild places will also revive the natural richness we all depend upon, making our lives happier and healthier.