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Survey on the challenges and enabling factors for NBE enterprises

Connecting Nature, an EU-funded project led by Trinity College Dublin, has launched a research study on companies that use and promote nature-based solutions (NBE). One of the main tools used in this research is the survey, in which representatives of this kind of business are invited to participate.


This study aims to increase knowledge about nature-based enterprises and organizations, in order to identify differences from and similarities to other types of companies and to find out the implications that this can involve in terms of obstacles, enabling factors and optimal measures to support them.


The results will be presented to the European Commission and to national, regional and civic policy makers and professionals at the Connecting Nature Enterprise Summit in June 2021.


With growing demand for nature-based solutions, a new challenge has emerged: recent reports have shown that cities have trouble finding qualified and experienced suppliers to meet the growing demand.


Nature-based enterprises (NBE) are engaged in economic activities that use nature in a sustainable way as a central element of their product / service for planning, providing and / or managing nature-based solutions. Nature-based organizations are similar to nature-based enterprises in providing nature-based products and services, but they differ in that these services are not provided as main economic activity. Among these organizations are for example parks departments, conservation charities, etc …


Participating in the survey takes about 10-15 minutes. The interviewee's data is protected in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). A code number will be assigned to all the answers of the questionnaire, in order to preserve the confidentiality and anonymity. Research results will be presented in an aggregate format and organizational data will never be presented without explicit prior permission.

For more information and to take the survey:

VEG-GAP Project - LIFE18 PRE IT 003
Duration: December 2018 - May 2022
Total Budget: 1,666,667 Euro
European Financial Contribution: 1,000,000 Euro
Coordinated by Mihaela Mircea, ENEA (IT)