Work Packages

  • WP I.1, Ecological Effectiveness
    • WP I.1, Ecological Effectiveness aims at modelling ecological potentials, risks and effectiveness of nature-based solutions concerning the conservation and enhancement of ecosystem services and biodiversity. Methods and tools for quantifying and (participatory) valuing effects of land use options will be developed and tested in practice.
    • Researcher in charge: Paulina Guerrero, Leibniz Universität Hannover; Co-supervisor: Prof. Dr. Dagmar Haase, Humboldt-Universität Berlin and Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ.
  • WP I.2, Social Effects
    • WP I.2, Social Effects will investigate the social effects of nature-based solutions, including an analysis of institutional context conditions, preferences of local actors, social success factors and barriers for their design and implementation as well as contributions to social objectives and human well-being. Furthermore, the project will evaluate if transdisciplinary planning process can contribute to transformative research.
  • WP I.3, Economic Effectiveness
    • WP I.3, Economic Effectiveness will analyse the economic effects of nature-based solutions, including modelling of economic risks and impacts and benefit-costs-rations of different solution options. Methods for empirical assessment and monetary and non-monetary economic valuation of technical and nature-based solutions shall be developed and new funding models such as green bonds shall be explored.
  • WP II.1, Transdisciplinary planning
    • WP II.1, Transdisciplinary planning will further develop theories, methods and instruments for the planning of nature-based solutions.
  • WP II.2, Geodesign
    • WP II.2, Geodesign develops and tests a geodesign tool to support participatory planning through multi-criterial analyses and model-based optimization via GIS. The tool will be tested in real-world settings by using a multi-mode-table PC.
  • WP II.3, Planning of NBS in Wadi Landscapes
    • WP II.3, Planning of NBS in Wadi Landscapes
  • WP II.4, Knowledge Co-Generation
    • WP II.4, Knowledge Co-Generation, concerns the investigation of conditions in transdisciplinary processes that lead to the joint generation of knowledge for planning decisions by involved actors. The focus is on the interactions between actors for the convey knowledge and simultaneously gain information for planning and implementing. Selected approaches are tested in workshops and evaluated concerning their effects through interviews, surveys and focus groups. Besides the WP analyses how the planning process and collaboration in real-world experiments can contribute to transformative research.
  • WP III.1, Financing instruments and governance models
    • WP III.1, Financing instruments and governance models investigates the role and limitations especially of collaborative governance models for successfully implementing nature-based solutions. One focus is on governance models that address interest conflicts in river basins, the role of financing instruments like payments for ecosystem services and the effect of micro- and macro-governance.
  • WP III.2, Behavioral Economics
    • WP III.2, Behavioral Economics  uses approaches of experimental and behavioral economics to investigate individual behavior in economically relevant decision-making situations on the basis of psychological assumptions. Decision processes regarding the implementation of nature-based solutions are characterized by a number of social, ecological, economic and institutional uncertainties. Against this background, the targeted experimental assessment of individual risk preferences of relevant decision-makers in different decision-making situations allows conclusions to be drawn on the design of rules and organizational structures to promote the implementation of nature-based solutions.
  • WP III.3, Innovative Governance and Business Models
    • WP III.3, Innovative Governance and Business Models, investigates, develops and explores novel approaches for financing and realizing nature-based solutions. Potential foci include suitable institutional arrangements and actor cooperations as well as promising combinations of policy approaches, economic incentives and civil society initiatives. Methods used are e.g. Social Network Analysis, interviews, workshops and focus groups.