Protecting and restoring ecosystems, and managing farmland, forestry and fisheries more sustainably, can contribute to net zero targets, reduce vulnerability to climate change, reverse biodiversity decline and support economic recovery. Building resilient landscapes by scaling up NbS can also have a hugely positive impact on local communities, contributing to the “levelling up” agenda.

If NbS are to be implemented at scale, we need both a supportive national policy framework and the tools to enable local communities to deliver well-designed NbS in the right places across the landscape. Understanding how to design NbS to maximise benefits and manage trade-offs is key to the decision-making process and for getting the endorsement of local stakeholders.

Through a combination of scenario modelling, mapping, stakeholder engagement and fieldwork at diverse sites including Oxfordshire, the Scottish Highlands and mid-Wales, this Agile Sprint project is building a tool-kit and case study database that supports decision makers to plan and deliver high quality NbS in the UK. It is based out of the Nature-based Solutions Initiative.