EU: COproductioN with NaturE for City Transitioning, INnovation and Governance (CONNECTING Nature)

Connecting Nature is a five-year project funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Innovation Action Programme. The aim by project end is to position Europe as a global leader in the innovation and implementation of nature-based solutions. The main idea is “to innovate with nature to build climate resilience in cities”.
Key Challenges: The most major and urgent challenges occur today in cities. Among them are challenges such as rapid climate and environmental change, complex water and waste management, adverse health and well-being, changes in social cohesion and migration patterns. Nature-based solutions can provide an entry point to addressing these challenges.
While the benefits of nature-based solutions are clear and can directly address the challenges outlined, the development and implementation of nature-based solutions has been slow, uneven and, in many cases complex; requiring efforts across many disciplines. Issues like “silo thinking”, managing social cohesion and tackling the deficit of knowledge that exists around nature-based solutions need to be confronted when developing plans to introduce nature-based solutions in cities.
CONNECTING Nature has taken these challenges on board and will devise and test approaches using multi-disciplinary methods where solutions are designed and created collaboratively that will lead towards the creation of resilient, greener, healthier cities, leading to a more sustainable living for their citizens.

Principal investigators
Haase, Dagmar Prof. Dr. (Details) (Landscape Ecology and Biogeography)

Europäische Union (EU) - HU als Beteiligte

Duration of project
Start date: 06/2017
End date: 05/2022

Research Areas

Research Areas
Urbane Biodiversität

Dushkova, D., Haase, D. (2020). Not Simply Green: Nature-Based Solutions as a Concept and Practical Approach for Sustainability Studies and Planning Agendas in Cities. Land, 9(1), 1-37.

Haase, D, Dushkova, D (2020) Nature-based solutions for urban climate change adaptation: evidence from the Europe-wide nature-based solutions database. Ambio (in prep)

Haase D, Haase A, Dushkova D, Wolff M (2020) Nature-based solutions (NBS) in cities and their interaction with urban land, ecosystems, built environment and people: Debating societal implications. Land. Special issue. Editorial. (in prep)

Ignatieva, M., Haase, D., Dushkova, D., Haase, A. (2020). Lawns in cities: from a globalised urban green space phenomenon to sustainable nature-based solutions. Land, 9(1) (in press).

Ignatieva, M., Haase, D., Dushkova, D., Melnichuk, I., Martin, D. (2020) Water Sensitive Design in Cities: Global Approach Versus Local Interpretation. Sustainability (in prep)

Haase D, Dushkova D (2019) Naturbasierte Lösungen für Umweltprobleme in Städten – ein Anwendungsfall für die stringente Umsetzung von urbanen Ökosystemleistungen? Ecosystem Services Partnership Deutschland (ESP-DE) Blog „Innovationsnetzwerk Ökosystemleistungen Deutschland“ (18 July 2019). Available online at:

Albert C, Schröter B, Haase D et al. (2019) Addressing societal challenges through nature-based solutions: How can landscape planning and governance research contribute? Landscape and Urban Planning 182. DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2018.10.003

Haase D, Dushkova D (2018) Learning from existing nature-based solutions experiences in Europe. In: Dumitru A. et al. (eds.) Connecting Nature: bringing cities to life, bringing life into cities. Deliverable 1.1.2018.

Guerrero P, Haase D, Albert C (2018) Locating Spatial Opportunities for Nature-Based Solutions: A River Landscape Application. Water 10(12):1869. DOI: 10.3390/w10121869

Haase D, Dushkova D (2018) Nature-based solutions for urban challenges: An Analysis of Local and Regional Projects from the Europe-wide database. In: Lupa P, Stepniewska M, Grams P (eds.) Ecosystem services in transdisciplinary approach. Book of Abstracts of the 5th Scientific Symposium Ecoserv, 17-19 September 2019, Poznan. Department of Integrated Geography, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan.

Haase D, Dushkova D (2018) Assessing the Nature-Based Solutions in European cities: Framework for Development of Database. In: Transitions to sustainability, lifestyles changes and human wellbeing: cultural, environmental and political challenges. Book of abstracts of IAPS Symposium 2018, Rome, July 8-13 2018.

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