Amy Oen is the project manager for PHUSICOS, a large project within the EU's Horizon 2020 program, which investigates nature-based solutions (NBS) as risk-reducing measures against extreme weather events in rural mountain areas.
PHUSICOS has together with other research projects focusing on NBS, OPERANDUM, RECONECT og NAIAD, who all four work with large scale sites, created a "Nature Based Solutions task force for hydro-meteorological risk". The aim is to promote nature-based solutions to safeguard infrastructure. Thus the reason for the invitation to participate in the "NBS momentum" day prior to the UN climate summit.
- The NBS task force aim is to increase the evidence base of the effectiveness and robustness of nature-based solutions for greater upscale and mainstreaming of NBS. We are working together and are connected through a platform as a broader NBS community of practice, explains Amy Oen.
As head of PHUSICOS, Amy Oen participated in the "NBS Momentum" day on Sunday 22 September prior to the UN climate summit in New York to promote examples of nature-based solutions (NBS)
Nature-based solutions are one of 9 mutually dependent action tracks to be discussed at the climate action summit. The initiative is led by China and New Zealand, and supported by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Nature-based solutions are recognized as having great potential for limiting greenhouse gas emissions, as well as underpinning global climate adaptation efforts focused on land, freshwater and marine ecosystems, agriculture and sustainable food production, climate-stable infrastructure, and the natural connection to protect biodiversity.
The collaboration on nature-based solutions for hydro-meteorological risk mitigation is in good company along with the other 150 contributions received and made available on the UN environmental platform. The extensive list demonstrates the value and feasibility of the solutions, as well as illustrating the breadth of and opportunities for implementation worldwide.
Shared actions like this are important for promoting links between research projects and relevant science policy frameworks and networks. These activities also provide opportunities for knowledge exchange, enable synergies as well as disseminate results to enhance the impact of projects on European and international policy design beyond the scope of a single project.