Governance rests on the recognition that nature-based solutions are better developed when people and organisations collaborate. This is because nature-based solutions are ultimately for everyone – and developing them together makes sure that different needs and interests are considered, and local opportunities are mobilised. Collaboration also supports the long-term stewarding of a nature-based solution. For example, a local municipality may no longer have the resources to manage a nature-based solution, and thus it may want to involve local communities or entrepreneurs in the process. Governance is also about the coordination of people and organisations so that all their activities contribute to the desired multiple benefits of nature-based solutions.
The aim of this guidebook is to outline a key aspect for how to embed nature-based solutions in your city – and that is governance. Governance is broader than government. It covers the legal frameworks, the formal and informal networks and organisations and the rules and policies related to the thing being governed. Governments change; governance continues and evolves.
As well as Connecting Nature, there are other projects funded by the European Union that are looking at nature-based solutions. We are producing publications that provide state of the art understanding about nature-based solutions governance.
If you want to delve deeper into aspects of collaborative governance, you can look at the following project websites:
- Connecting Nature https://connectingnature.eu/
- UrbanbyNature https://connectingnature.eu/programme-steps
- Nature4Cities https://www.nature4cities.eu/
- Clever Cities https://clevercitiesguidance.wordpress.com/
- Innovative Governance for Urban Green Infrastructure: a guide for practitioners – GreenSurge project http://www.e-pages.dk/ku/1337/html5/