On 7-9 of February, REST-COAST attended the launch event of the BiodivClim Knowledge Hub on “Potential of Nature-based solutions for mitigation and adapting to climate change”. The hub is being set-up within the framework of the European Biodiversity Partnership Biodiversa+ and will consist of two Task Forces, one focused on technical aspects of NBS and the second - on science-policy and science-society interfaces related to implementation of NBS.
Representing REST-COAST, Grzegorz Różyński of the Institute of Hydro-Engineering of the Polish Academy of Science (IBW PAN), will join the technical Task Force, which will focus on delivering two high profile papers providing a benchmark for the construction of future research project consortia and evaluation of their proposals, bearing in mind that the degree of incorporation of nature-based solutions (NbS) approaches will be one of the most important evaluation criteria. The NbS paradigm will be applied across a large spectrum of disciplines, marine science being one of them. The first paper will concentrate on the analysis of knowledge gaps related to NbS, while the latter will cover the corresponding implementation gaps.
The participation in the BiodivClim Knowledge Hub will be beneficial for the REST-COAST consortium, as it will enhance the project’s visibility in the EU as a trend-setting entity aiming both at identification of the knowledge and implementation gaps, while simultaneously proposing a basis for upscaling actions.