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Nature Based Solutions (NBS) for healthier cities



Caroline Gutleben and Pauline Laille, Plante and Cite (France)


Speaker Profile


Caroline has a five year degree from the French National Institute of Landscape and Horticulture. She worked at the construction of "Plante & City", the french technical center for landscape and nature in cities, in order to carry out projects on urban greening issues for local goverments and professionals. She is now in responsibility of the scientific and financial direction.

Pauline graduated as an agronomist specialized in environmental sciences from the National School for Agronomy and Food Science of Nancy, France, in 2009. At Plante & Cité for 8 years, she now manages projects in economy and management. Her field of work stretches from tools and indicators for open space management to urban nature’s valuation and benefits.


Abstract title


Nature Based Solutions (NBS) for healthier cities




Modern cities face numerous challenges: climate change, hectic urban metabolism, water, soil and air quality, environmental justice, social cohesion, economic competition… all of which can relate to public health and well-being. Among the diverse ways to address those challenges, Nature Based Solutions show a great potential.

NBS are solutions inspired and supported by nature, providing simultaneous benefits and involving a variety of stakeholders (citizens, policy makers, practitioners, scientists…). The concept of NBS is recent but refers as often to well-established assets as to lessons from the past to re-discover, or even pioneering actions and urban developments.

A number of research projects and a growing expertise in Europe support the NBS concept’s notoriety and its implementation through innovative urbanism. Based on this knowledge, we will illustrate what NBS are, what we know of their associated benefits and how they can contribute to healthier cities by setting shared goals for cities’ stakeholders.