Nature is fundamental to our everyday lives.

It provides us with food, medicine, building materials and clothing. It also cleans our water, purifies our air, helps to control temperature and locks up carbon dioxide and other harmful greenhouse gases.

Working with nature, as a part of nature and helping nature recover and thrive can benefit us. Nature-based solutions to the challenges of climate change and health inequality will help humanity flourish alongside nature.

What are nature-based solutions?

According to the the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN):

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.

Nature-based solutions play a key role in achieving our vision for a connected network of healthy, resilient ecosystems supporting Scotland’s wildlife and people. Nature can help us adapt to climate change, improve our mental and physical health and provide new job opportunities.

Nature-based solutions across Scotland

Nature can help us in multiple ways and in multiple places.

Nature-based solutions information resources

We’ve collated the latest evidence demonstrating the benefits, challenges and best practice to implementing nature-based solutions at a local, national and international level. Follow the link below to find out more.

Financing nature-based solutions

Investment in nature needs to increase four times by 2050 in order to contribute to tackling climate change and biodiversity loss.

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