A European portal for the collection, exchange, dissemination and knowledge of innovations in the urbanization and green construction field. This is the main objective of the "ThinkNature" project, funded by the European Commission to create a web platform of knowledge and communication, in order to facilitate the understanding and the implementation of the so-called Nature Based Solutions (NBS) in the Member States. The three-year project ended at the end of 2019 and the Italian coordinator was the CNR Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate. The platform was launched at the end of 2017 and today it contains hundreds of case-studies, in addition to hosting an interactive dialogue, in which all the relevant points regarding NBS are discussed by Europe’s leading experts. It is therefore based on mutual collaboration, on the exchange of ideas and on the sharing of contacts among the local representatives of the various acceding States.
Basically, ThinkNature is a huge container that brings together all the European Commission’s projects on NBS and all those who are engaged in other projects regarding NBS, and need data and examples for their work, can refer to it. The project is based on 4 main topics: sustainable urbanization, recovery of degraded ecosystems, adaptation and mitigation of climate change, risk management and resilience. This project, as well as Veg-Gap, also confirms how nature-based solutions are an important topic on the agenda of the EU's research and innovation policy. On the agenda, NBS are defined as solutions "inspired and supported by nature, which are convenient, they simultaneously provide environmental, social and economic benefits and help build resilience. Therefore they introduce increasingly diversified characteristics and processes in nature, in cities, in landscapes and seascapes, through resource efficient systemic interventions, which are adapted at the local level.
At the end of the project, the 18 "ThinkNature" partners published a Manual that collects and promotes cutting-edge knowledge on NBS; it is a complete, concise and easy-to-understand guide for all the relevant actors. The Manual, available for download here, analyses each aspect: from the development, to the financing of the project and the policy-making process.