This solution was sourced in response to UKGBC’s Innovation Challenge: “How can communities and local authorities implement, maintain, and assess the impact of nature-based solutions to enhance climate resilience?”
The need for new homes and infrastructure is putting additional pressure on natural resources. To ensure a green recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, and to tackle the climate and ecological crises, we need to design spaces so that they benefit the economy, people and nature.
To inform the best design and transform planning, objective measurement is required to determine how nature is working, because what gets measured, gets managed. There needs to be a shift from minimising the negative impacts of development to demonstrating net benefits for the environment.
The main purpose of the NATURE Tool is to quantitatively assess and manage the impact and benefits of natural capital and Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) on people’s wellbeing. By quantifying the benefits nature and NBS provide in terms of ecosystem services, it helps to reveal trade-offs and enables the tool user to clearly and objectively demonstrate net gains for the environment from a project.
The tool has had 30+ applications, 400+ downloads by individuals and 250+ NATURE Tool newsletter subscriptions at time of writing.
Project types that NATURE Tool has been applied to to date include: housing developments, a school, an urban greening project, a new greenway, a natural flood management project, access improvements at nature reserves, planned new sewage treatment works, electricity transmission schemes, wind farms, photovoltaic installations, reservoirs and prisons which demonstrates its wide range of applications.
The Ministry of Justice used the NATURE Tool to assess the natural capital impact of greenspace improvement interventions on inmates and wider society. WSP worked together with the Ministry of Justice to develop a tool version specifically tailored for the prison environment. This also highlights the adaptability of the tool to suit specific circumstances.
WSP are also working with a water company in the South of England where the NATURE Tool is being tested to assess existing assets and planned projects. The water company intends to use the lessons learnt from these assessments to inform future planning and design to achieve its commitment to leave nature in a better state than when they found it.
Two case studies for NATURE Tool applications in Sweden and Finland are available via www.NATURE-Tool.com. Further case studies will be added in the future.
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