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  • Project 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 zu Berlin and Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ.

  • Project 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.

  • Project 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.

  • The project II.1 Transdisciplinary planning will further develop theories, methods and instruments for the planning of nature-based solutions.

  • Project II.2 Geodesign develops and tests a geodesign tool to support participatory planning through multicitrial analyses and modell-based optimization via GIS. The tool will be tested in real-world settings by using a multi-mode-table PC.

  • Project III.1, Citizen Science and Knowledge Co-Generation, concerns the investigation of opportunities for systematically involving stakeholders and the wider public in assessment, valuation, planning and decision-making processes around nature-based solutions. Methods to apply may include social valuation of ecosystem services and their contribution to human well-being, the design and implementation of a citizen science application, and the evaluation of knowledge co-generation processes.

  • Project III.2, 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.