Increasing nature-based solutions

A two-year programme to enable more ambitious industry targets and increase the application of nature-based solutions in urban areas for climate resilience and environmental net gains.
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April 28, 2020


Research & Innovation



Get involved:See below for information on how to engage with this work. Contact Alastair Mant if you would like to discuss becoming a funding and delivery Partner.  

This programme is designed to help the built environment sector achieve the ambition, that by 2030, all buildings and infrastructure will, throughout their lifetime, be climate resilient and maximise environmental net gains, through the prioritisation of nature-based solutions (NBS). To find out more about the ambition, including how it was created, see here. Funding for this programme has been provided by the John Ellerman Foundation.

Desired programme Outcomes: 

  1. Enable more ambitious targets related to nature-based solutions, climate resilience and environmental net gain, by developers, owners, and major occupiers
  2. Increase the application of nature-based solutions in urban areas


In 2020/21 we will research, co-create and publish “A framework for increasing NBS in urban areas: For climate resilience and environmental net gains” and run 7 events related to the production and launch.  

The document is planned to be a set of recommendations structured around key themes, which organisations can use as guidance for how to make their buildings/assets more climate resilient and to create environmental net gains through the use of NBS. Proposed key themes: funding and financial models; business models and processes; adopting government policies; measurement and reporting.

In 2021/22 we will research and publish a report on “NBS solutions for urban climate resilience and environmental net gains” and run 3 related events. 

Target audience: 

  • Primary – developers, owners, operators and occupiers of buildings and infrastructure in urban areas 
  • Secondary – engineers, architects, contractors, urban planners, private house owners, professional bodies, national and local policy makers, environmental NGOs.  

Key stakeholders to inform the research: 

  • Clients (developers, owners, operators and occupiers of buildings and infrastructure in urban areas) 
  • Contractors 
  • Property advisors (engineers, architects, planners, managing agents) 
  • Academic researchers 
  • Environmental NGOs  
  • Public bodies  
  • Professional bodies  

How to get involved: 

Help our research by emailing Robert Winch with ideas for what topics or information should be included in the guidance or enquire about being an expert interviewee.  

Co-create the guidance by taking part in the upcoming workshops. Details to follow.  

Make sure you are on the UKGBC mailing lists for either “Climate Resilience” or “Nature and biodiversity”. We will email these groups when new opportunities emerge to engage. Email Robert Winch to be added to one of the mailing lists.  

You can find out about our other work on climate resilience here and on nature and biodiversity here. 


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