The goal of the Connecting Nature ‘Survey on Nature-Based Enterprises (NBEs)’ is to better understand what is a nature-based enterprise, and how such organisations can help cities to deliver on the social, economic and environmental potential of nature-based solutions.  After completing the survey, enterprises will be invited to register for the Connecting Nature Enterprise Platform.


Why should a Nature-Based Enterprise complete this survey?

1. To increase knowledge and support for NBEs

  • the different types of  nature-based enterprises that exist;
  • the variety of products and services they deliver;
  • the value they create for the environment, economy and society;
  • the challenges and opportunities NBEs face and how policy makers can better support them.


2. To create opportunities for NBEs

The Connecting Nature Enterprise Platform  will:

  • increase the visibility of individual NBEs;
  • showcase NBE solutions to the public and private sector;
  • feature tenders and opportunities for funding for NBEs;
  • support collaboration and networking between NBEs;
  • create sector-specific training content and webinars for NBEs.

There are 3 general types of nature-based solutions covering everything from natural rainforests to highly engineered water management systems.  Nature-based enterprises can help to plan, implement and manage these nature-based solutions.

Enterprises that directly or indirectly deliver nature-based solutions may be 'for profit' or 'not-for-profit'. The following table shows the relationship between nature-based solutions and nature-based enterprises and gives examples of nature-based enterprises that deliver different types of NBS, either directly or indirectly.





NBEs ↓

Type 1

Better use of natural/protected ecosystems

E.g. coastal mangrove

Type 2

NBS for sustainable managed ecosystems

E.g. natural urban forest, parks or gardens

Type 3

Design and management of new ecosystems

E.g. engineered green walls/roofs/water management

Direct use of nature:

NBEs often involved in implementation of NBS

Example: Nature Conservation NGO (non-profit)

Natuurpunt (BE)

Example: Constructed wetlands company (for profit)

FH Wetlands Systems Ltd. (IE)

Example: Horticulture company delivering green living rooms (for profit)

Helix Pflanzen GmbH (DE)

Indirect use of nature:

NBEs often involved in planning, advisory, management, monitoring etc

Example: Data company that monitors natural forests (for profit)



Example: Community interest company managing urban parks / gardens (non-profit)

Barking Riverside CIC (UK)

Example: Environmental NGO advising on community engagement in green space redesign (non-profit)

Greenspace Scotland (UK)

Our working definition of a Nature-Based Enterprise is:

‘an enterprise using nature directly as a core element of their product/service offering or indirectly by contributing to the planning, delivery or operation of a nature-based solution’

Any questions:

If you have any questions about the survey please contact Esmee Kooijman