Bringing Cities to Life, Bringing Life into Cities
Connecting Nature is an innovation-oriented partnership of 32 instituitions from 18 countries. It brings together urban local authorities and communities, Small and Medium Enterprises, voluntary organisations, and diverse academic partners in order to scale-up nature-based solutions for building resilient and sustainable cities. Connecting Nature is working with 11 European cities who are investing in the large-scale implementation of nature–based solutions. As an innovative action, part-funded by Horizon 2020, Connecting Nature is mapping nature-based solution exemplars and measuring measuring the efficacy and impact of these initiatives on climate change adaptation, health and well-being, social cohesion, and sustainable economic development. We are also devising new business models and novel mechanisms for financing nature-based solutions as well as identifying key performance indicators. This will foster the creation of commercial and social enterprises for scaling-up nature-based strategies, processes, and products.