Assessment Framework

Assessing the value and potential of nature-based solutions requires an approach that can take account of the multiple benefits that they can provide and the different criteria against which they can be evaluated. NATURVATION will develop an Assessment Framework that brings together different kinds of knowledge, integrates the contributions of multiple initiatives and assesses the value of nature-based solutions in relation to the goals of urban sustainability.

Nature-based solutions can provide ecosystem services for cities – providing resources, regulating environments, creating habitats, and generating social and cultural activities. The extent and scope of these services varies with the conditions in which nature-based solutions are introduced, how they are designed, and the ways in which they are maintained over time.

Biophysical & Ecological Assessment

Economic & Financial Assessment

Nature-based solutions can create bring a variety of benefits to cities. Understanding the economic and financial value of these benefits is important if they are to be taken into account in decision-making processes and their overall worth compared to traditional forms of infrastructure and urban development.

The benefits of nature-based solutions can also be social and cultural – from providing spaces for social interaction to forms of recreation. At the same time, nature is seen to have values that are difficult to account for in economic terms but nonetheless important to society, such as contributing to well-being, as well as being inherently valued in their own right.

Social & Cultural Assessment

Briefing on Financial and Economic Values Database

The database of Financial and Economic values (FEVD) includes values of nature-based solutions together with respective sources and methods by which these values were obtained. The sources include academic papers published on economic va

Briefing on Social and Cultural values and Impacts of Nature-based Solutions and Natural Areas

Climate change is already affecting ecosystems across Europe, with consequences for biodiversity, functioning of ecosystems and people. Climate change impacts are often multiplied in urban areas.

Briefing on Assessment of Biophysical and Ecological Services Provided by Urban Nature-based Solutions

The aim of the review was to synthesize current literature which assessed ecosystem services provided by urban nature-based solutions.

Briefing on Economic Valuation of Nature-based Solutions in Urban Areas

Due to climate change and high degree of urbanisation contemporary cities are developing significant environmental problems that can have an array of negative effects on societal well-being.