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Environment Europe14. June 2024

Green Revolution: Tackling Climate Change with Nature-Based Solutions

According to the newly published nature-positive transition guidelines report, nearly all European cities are adopting nature-based solutions to mitigate the impacts of climate change, with Germany rising as a global leader in greening practices.

“The multitude of co-benefits nature-based solutions (NBS) can bring, such as biodiversity gains, recreation potential and mental well-being, means that they are also increasingly recognized as ‘no regret’ measures,” says the European Environment Agency (EEA).

In this Nature Positive Transition report – the first in a series meant to outline the pathways cities can take to halt and reverse nature loss by 2030 – the EEA confirms that 91% of the local climate action plans include “maintaining, restoring, and creating new parks and urban forests, planting individual urban trees, improving urban water management, and greening buildings.” For example, in German cities, green roofs and facades are used to cool buildings, enhance rainwater absorption, improve air quality, and promote public well-being.

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