NATWIP aims to connect NBS science with society by enhancing the knowledge of different stakeholders regarding forms and feasibility of NBS for addressing peri-urban water challenges. The stakeholders in focus include: i) researchers, scientists and research organisations dealing with water, environment and development; ii) policy makers; iii) agencies concerned with water, environment and planning; iv) local governments responsible for Ecosystem Services; v) NGOs; vi) companies/industries using or impacting water; vii) farmers and landowners; viii) general public. In general, NATWIP would help enhance public awareness on water challenges in the peri-urban as well as the importance and scope of their participation in activities concerning sustainable water management through NBS. It would also enhance their awareness about the socio-economic value of nature and eco-systems for human development, in turn sensitizing them and stimulating desirable behavior among masses.
Towards this end, NATWIP will continuously communicate with its stakeholders, for which this website is a dedicated knowledge exchange platform where information generated over the course of the project will be continuously shared. Expected outputs include working reports, guidance papers, as well as conference presentations and peer reviewed scientific articles and a book. In addition, popular science publications in the form of ‘photo-stories’ and booklets, will be eventually published on this website and shared through social media, primarily targeting ordinary water users, students, local NGOs and civil society forums and citizens at large.
The first working report presenting the review of international experiences on NBS for water is complete and an executive summary is available here.
Also, a review paper examining NBS for water management in the Peri-Urban has been recently published in journal Sustainability. The paper is titled: "Nature-Based Solutions for Water Management in Peri-Urban Areas: Barriers and Lessons Learned from Implementation Experiences". This review is based on 35 peer-reviewed articles on implementation experiences of NBS for water management in peri-urban areas, on aspects related to (i) NBS problem–solution: water challenges, ecosystem services, scales, and types; (ii) NBS governance and management. The review concludes that accountancy, monitoring, and communication are potential success factors that can promote integration and development of NBS while diminishing the overall barrier of complexity, which otherwise leads to technical, institutional, economic, and social uncertainty. The paper is co-authored by the Spanish participants. The paper is available here.