The development of these solutions of a scale necessary to have an impact are complex as they must meet a broad array of societal, economic and environmental conditions. To achieve this, research centres bring together a diverse group of experts and often partner with a variety of business and political groups who are in a position to implement their recommendations.
University of Oxford
A conference in July 2021 is dedicated to Nature based solutions, bringing together leading researchers from the social and natural sciences, engineering and economics with policymakers, civil society actors and
business leaders. A series of digital dialogues were recorded in 2020 preparation for the conference and are publicly available.
National University of Singapore
A new nature based solution research centre is being established this year at the National University of Singapore to help inform climate policies, strategies and actions in Singapore and the Asia Pacific region. Professor Koh Lian Pin will lead the new research centre. Prof Koh’s research focuses on developing innovative science and science-based decision support tools to help reconcile humanity’s needs with environmental protection. He is particularly interested in environmental issues in the developing tropics, a region where population growth is most rapid, yet the people are poorest, and where biodiversity is the richest, yet most threatened globally.
University of Helsinki
The Nature-Based Solutions Research Group at the University of Helsinki focuses on innovative solutions at a microbiological level. One project the group is working on studies children’s health and well-being in urban environments to understand how greening a local kindergarten may have health benefits to children’s immune systems. The Research Group is also running clinical trials which consider the use of rural soils to reduce allergies in small children who live in urban environments.