Embed NBS into planning

Nature-based solutions should ultimately be integrated into existing planning instruments if their use is to be mainstreamed across your city. It is important to identify opportunities for embedding NBS or climate change adaptation in general into the planning system, and across other policy areas.

Example: Embedding nature-based solutions into the Masterplan for Valencia.

Coming soon.

GrowGreen tools:

Coming soon.

External guidance and resources:
Green infrastructure strategies – An introduction for local authorities and their partners
Natural England

Policy guides for green infrastructure
US EPA

Developing and implementing a green infrastructure strategy
UK Green Building Council
Integrating nature-based solutions in urban planning
Openness EU project

Green City Development Tool Kit
Asian Development Bank

A guide for pollinator friendly cities: How can spatial planners and land-use managers create favourable urban environments for pollinators?
European Commission DG Environment

Benefits wheel methodology
Manchester City Council

Biodiversity in the city: Key challenges for urban green space management
Aranson et al.

Making nature’s city: A science-based framework for building urban biodiversity
San Francisco Estuary Institute

Living cities: Towards ecological urbanism
Scottish Wildlife Trust

Decision support tools for climate change adaptation
Resin project

Planning for green infrastructure
Central Scotland Green Network

Green infrastructure strategies – An introduction for local authorities and their partners
Natural England

Policy guides for green infrastructure
US EPA

The governance and politics of nature-based solutions
Naturvation

Integrating nature-based solutions in urban planning
Openness EU project

Green City Development Tool Kit
Asian Development Bank

‘Nature Nearby’: Accessible Natural Green Space Guidance
Natural England

A guide for pollinator friendly cities: How can spatial planners and land-use managers create favourable urban environments for pollinators?
European Commission DG Environment

Decision support tools for climate change adaptation
Resin project

Transitions Handbook
Ramses project

Planning for green infrastructure
Central Scotland Green Network