How should we plan for a future with a growing population, an increase in food production, rising seas and uncontrollable wildfires? Concrete sea wall or a living shoreline with a dynamic oyster reef? Advanced water filtration systems or restored wetlands? Carbon storage technology or health forests?
Nature-based solutions are actions to protect, sustainably manage and restore natural or modified ecosystems that address societal challenges, such as climate change, food and water security or natural disasters. Nature-based solutions and ecosystem-based approaches have gained momentum within the last decade as an addition to conventional engineering solutions as these holistic approaches can effectively provide human well-being, and positively impact biodiversity and ecosystem health.
How can these natural solutions be embraced by planners and policy-makers on a local, regional and national scale? How exactly can a restored wetland provide societal benefits in a fair and equitable way? How does ecosystem health entice funding? Join the MES/MSAG Graduate Advisory Board as we discuss nature-based adaptation with experts in the field!