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NBS Catalogue 🌿


URBiNAT NBS Catalogue

TERRITORIAL, TECHNOLOGICAL, PARTICIPATORY and SOCIAL & SOLIDARITY ECONOMY NBS that citizens can co-select and co-create according to their needs and aspirations, and local environmental conditions.

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URBiNAT has compiled a set of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) can be co-selected and co-created and, in some cases, turned into New NBS, by citizens in URBiNAT intervention areas.

The URBiNAT NBS Catalogue consists of  four categories of NBS:

  • TERRITORIAL and TECHNOLOGICAL NBS, including nature-inspired products and services, and urban infrastructure projects.
  • PARTICIPATORY and SOCIAL & SOLIDARITY ECONOMY NBS including processes and services, putting in dialogue the physical structure and the social dimension of the public space.

In combining physical and infrastructural solutions with social and economic practices the aim is to build collective awareness on commonalities, both material and immaterial and, and to raise collective understanding of the human and non-human urban dimensions.

The aim is to promote the co-creation, co-development, co-implementation and co-assessment of solutions that are inspired by nature and human-nature.

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Project Resources

Technological NBS

Technological Nature-Based Solutions are characterized by the use of advanced techniques and materials for their design and manufacturing processes and by the integration of ICT systems for their maintenance and monitoring.

Territorial NBS

Territorial NBS are interventions sustained by nature that will make a significant contribution towards urban biodiversity, urban resilience to climate change, and storm-water management. These solutions promote urban regeneration and entail social and economic benefits through locally adapted implementations of a wide range of ecosystem services.

Participatory NBS

Participatory NBS aim to address the needs, aspirations and knowledge of residents and users of public spaces in URBiNAT intervention areas. The aim of Participatory NBS is to operationalize the co-creation process by putting in dialogue those needs, aspirations and knowledge with political, technical and scientific views. As URBiNAT operates within an urban governance framework, the main actors to design and implement participatory NBS are residents and users, municipal actors and academic practitioners.

Social & Solidarity Economy NBS

Social and Solidarity Economy NBS are defined by URBiNAT as opportunities for changing social, political and economic relations among people who live in the neighbourhoods covered by the project. The project recognizes this as part of a broader socio-economy dimension based on practices whose ultimate goal is not profit (or its absence), but solidarity and cooperation.