UPDATE April 2020

Connecting Nature has recently launched a survey to better understand what type of business can nature support? And how can business support nature and society? COVID 19 has had a major impact on organisations worldwide and our hope is is that when the crisis has passed, more opportunities will emerge to work with nature in creating new skills, jobs and sustainable local economies.  We would like to invite all nature-based enterprise to complete this survey.  Your feedback will be incorporated into a special report on post-COVID opportunities to support sustainable enterprises delivered to local and national  governments and the EU this summer.”

The NBE Survey remains open and YOU CAN PARTICIPATE  HERE


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 including COVID 19 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 esmee.kooijman@ucd.ie