Will you design and implement a nature based solution, and positively contribute to the climate, biodiversity, and quality of life? In the Nature Based Solutions Challenge, you are challenged to come up with a nature-based solution and to implement it. A jury will select the teams that receive funding (2500 euro) and mentoring from experts to make their project into a success!
Nature based solutions are actions to protect, sustainably manage, and restore natural or modified ecosystems, that address societal challenges effectively and adaptively, simultaneously providing human well-being and biodiversity benefits. Nature-based solutions are part of the answer to the biggest challenges of the 21st century, being climate change and biodiversity loss.
In this challenge, your team will work on a nature-based solution in a local context addressing climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation and biodiversity restoration, and thereby improving the quality of life. Furthermore, societal and economic impact are to be addressed too.
You can participate with a team of at least two and up to five BSc and/or MSc students. It’s recommended to form a team of students with different disciplinary backgrounds. Fresh graduates are welcome to join the Challenge (maximum of one per team), though the graduation should take place not earlier than academic year 2020/2021.
The challenge is open to students from Universities (of Applied Sciences) worldwide.
You can apply by submitting a Concept Note (a format will be provided on this page) on your envisioned project, focusing on nature based solutions. We will open registration as from February 22 until April 13, 9.00 AM CET.
The jury will judge the proposed projects based on:
- Impact of your NbS project on:
- Climate change adaptation
- Climate change mitigation
- Human well-being
- Other aspects
- Feasibility of your NbS project (e.g., timeline, planning, problem definition)
- Level of scalability
In line with four guiding principles to enable NbS to provide sustainable benefits to society.