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About the project

In order to achieve more sustainable and resilient societies, nature based solutions are an important topic on the EU Research and Innovation policy agenda. The ThinkNature project is part of Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation and has received funding under grant agreement No 730338.

The objective of the ThinkNature project is the development of a platform that supports the understanding and the promotion of nature based solutions (NBS).

NBS are defined by the EU as solutions that are ‘inspired and supported by nature, which are cost-effective, simultaneously provide environmental, social and economic benefits and help build resilience. Such solutions bring more, and more diverse, nature and natural features and processes into cities, landscapes and seascapes, through locally adapted, resource-efficient and systemic interventions’ (source: The EU Research and Innovation policy agenda on Nature-Based Solutions).

“Nature based solutions is about working with nature, rather than against it.”

“Nature-based solutions are designed to bring more nature and natural features and processes to cities, landscapes and seascapes.”

“Nature based solutions support economic growth, create jobs and enhance our well-being.”

“Nature based solutions are about building with nature instead of building in nature.”

“Nature based solutions combine natural processes, ecology and engineering in order to achieve societal goals.”

News & Events


  • 53rd ISOCARP Congress: Smart Communities

    October 24, 2017 October 27, 2017
  • Estonian Presidency Nature Based Solutions conference

    October 24, 2017 October 27, 2017
  • Amsterdam International Water Week

    October 30, 2017 November 3, 2017
  • Nature-based Solutions for more sustainable and resilient societies

    November 6, 2017



Upcoming events


The ThinkNature Platform brings together multi-disciplinary expertise on nature based solutions. By joining the platform it becomes possible to ask questions, view case studies and share strategies.

The stakeholders on the platform are categorized in four climatic zones:

  • Continent region
  • Mediterranean region
  • Northern temperate region
  • Oceanic temperate region

The dialogues are structured along four topic lines:

  • Enhancing sustainable urbanisation
  • Restoring degraded ecosystems
  • Developing climate change adaptation and mitigation
  • Improving risk management and resilience




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