Developing countries are on the front line of climate change. Despite this hardship, they are taking actions to achieve resilient development by addressing the nexus of disaster risk, climate change and socio-economic development by using nature-based solutions (NBS).
NBS have multiple benefits as buffers from climate-related impacts; resilient water-related services, resource base for important economic sectors such as fisheries and tourism; and can increase the resilience of vulnerable communities that depend on natural resources through sustainable livelihoods.
The Nature-Based Solutions Initiative is working to mainstream the use of nature-based interventions to manage disaster risks and establish long-term resilience in vulnerable regions. Some examples of these interventions include constructed wetlands, the creation of multi-functional green spaces, and mangrove restoration.
Well-designed nature-based solutions can achieve targeted disaster risk and climate resilience goals, while also providing economic benefits, environmental conservation, and community empowerment to achieve a triple-win scenario. To scale-up the use of these next generation solutions, the initiative provides technical and analytical assistance, just-in-time grants, and strategic capacity building.