• Period | 2021 - 2026
  • Market | Natural Hazards
  • Project Manager | Amy M P Oen
  • Partner | AHO, NTNU, NORCE, NIKU
  • Client | The Research Council of Norway
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NATURACT

Nature-based solutions for climate change: upscaling landscape-based climate mitigation and adaptation actions.

NATURACT focuses on NBS as an agent for large-scale transformations in land use and land cover in vulnerable landscapes to integrate mitigation measures for emissions reduction and adaptation measures to reduce the impacts of climate change.

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Rapid and far-reaching climate action is needed to avoid severe climate change and achieve climate-neutrality before the end of the century. However, current national pledges on mitigation and adaptation are not enough to stay below the Paris Agreement temperature limits and achieve its adaptation goals. To support a greater scale and pace of change, it is becoming necessary to better integrate mitigation measures for emissions reduction and adaptation measures to reduce the impacts of climate change. Nature-based solutions (NBS) are a promising path forward for massive and no-regret solutions. NBS are gaining traction and uptake in both the public and private sector and as such represent a unifying concept to prioritise nature to integrate climate mitigation and adaptation efforts.

Objective

NATURACT focuses on NBS as an agent for large-scale transformations in land use and land cover in vulnerable landscapes to integrate mitigation measures for emissions reduction and adaptation measures to reduce the impacts of climate change. This is accomplished through interdisciplinary collaboration and the application of an innovative Systems Oriented Design approach that negotiates the complexity of climate change and NBS interventions. NATURACT delivers outputs on NBS to establish their effectiveness for reducing the risk of climate impacts in large-scale landscapes, to quantify regional and global impacts and feedbacks of NBS interventions and policy implications, and to transform attitudes and values towards NBS for adaptation, mitigation and ultimately climate action.

The overall goal is to understand the impact, feedbacks, synergies and trade-offs of NBS to recommend their upscaling for optimising climate adaptation and mitigation strategies.

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Partners

The project has 5 partners representing the research institute and university sectors in Norway:

  1. Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI)
  2. Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO)
  3. Norwegian Research Centre (NORCE)
  4. Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU)
  5. Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
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Six work packages (WP)

Research tasks in NATURACT comprises five work packages (WP1 to WP5). WP6 is devoted to project management and communication.

  • WP 1: Systems Oriented Design to frame and support the interdisciplinarity of NBS climate actions
    • Lead: AHO Design Institute (Birger Sevaldson)
  • WP2: Explore community attitudes and values related to NBS for mitigation versus adaptation
    • Lead: AHO Landscape Institute (Karin Helms)
  • WP3: Quantify the performance of NBS to reduce climate risks and upscaling potential
    • Lead: NGI (Vittoria Capobianco)
  • WP4: Short-term regional and longer term global climate impacts and feedback from NBS and LULCC
    • Lead: NTNU (Hanna Lee)
  • WP5: Synthesis: balancing trade-offs and synergies
    • Lead: NORCE (Siri Veland)
  • WP6: Project management, communication, dissemination and exploitation
    • Lead: NGI (Amy Oen)
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