Nature-based solutions (NBS) are used increasingly to address societal challenges in a sustainable way while delivering multiple benefits. While not a silver bullet, NBS can help to tackle the climate crisis, ecosystem collapse, population pressures and economic insecurity. But it surprises people that—given NBS’s perceived advantages over traditional, hard- engineered approaches—we don’t use them more widely.
There are challenges to identify, design, deliver and pay for NBS. To overcome these challenges and deliver on a bigger scale, we must understand the challenges’ nature and extent. Drawing example from Clifton Wastewater Treatment Works (WwTW) - Integrated Constructed Wetland (ICW), Stantec’s Bruce Horton and Chris Digman delve into these challenges and discuss the benefits and opportunities of implementing these solutions.