THE NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS BUSINESS MODEL CANVAS
Connecting Nature research has identified three major phases of financing nature-based solutions:
Financing the planning of nature-based solutions,
Financing capital investment in nature-based solutions,
Financing ongoing operational costs.
Research has shown that too often there is a focus on financing the capital investment costs of nature-based solutions and not enough consideration goes into planning long-term sustainable business models to secure a return on investment. Connecting Nature has customised the well-known business model canvas tool specifically to help plan the business models for nature-based solutions. This tool has been deployed directly in 11 cities in Connecting Nature and downloaded and applied by hundreds of other organisations worldwide.
The Nature-Based Solutions Business Model Canvas is an easy-to-use tool to help you capture in a visual format the business model of your Nature-Based Solution (NBS). This guidebook supports cities in using the NBS Business Model Canvas. Further supports available to cities planning NBS include an introductory Webinar on ‘Financing, Business Models and Governance of NBS’ and an on-site facilitated workshop.
"I just wanted to update you on how we used the Nature-Based Solutions Business Model Canvas. We developed over the past three years a Masterplan on Green Infrastructure ("Grünplan" in German and "Piano del Verde" in Italian) for the city of Merano in Northern Italy. It was useful to identify the correct strategies and actions." - Paolo Viskanic CEO R3GIS Srl - GmbH, Italy