BiNatUr - Bringing nature back – biodiversity-friendly nature-based solutions in cities

  • International Research Project
  • 2022 to 2025

BiNatUr research focuses on Aquatic Nature-based Solutions (aquaNBS) and on four questions: (1) How are biodiversity and ecosystem services of aquaNBS mediated by social, ecological, and technological factors, (2) how do factors vary among cities and regions?, (3) how does biodiversity infuence regulating ecosystem services provided by aquaNBS?, and (4) how can urban planning effectively design, manage, and monitor biodiversity and ES of aquaNBS? BiNatUr adopts a mixed-method approach by combining qualitative and quantitative research methods. The project focuses on the social possibilities and constraints, working at the city scale to study the decisions made when planning, designing and managing aquaNBS. In addition, BiNatUr will analyze landscape patterns of urban environments in order to identify critical social, ecological, and technological factors infuencing biodiversity and ecosystem services of aquaNBS. The project will also conduct place-based studies and analyse the biodiversity and regulation of ecosystem services of the selected 12 aquaNBS in fve case areas (Antwerp, Berlin, Helsinki, Lissabon and Poznań).

Funding Institution:

Funded through the 2020-2021 Biodiversa and Water JPI joint call for research projects, under the BiodivRestore ERA-NET Cofund (GA N°101003777), with the EU and the funding organisations The Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO), Belgium; Academy of Finland (AKA), VDI/VDE-IT, Germany; National Science Center (NCN), Poland and Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT), Portugal.


Environmental Policy, Finnish Environment Institute, Helsinki, Finland (coordinator);

Ecosystem Management, University of Antwerp (UAntwerp), Antwerp, Belgium;

Geography, Humboldt University of Berlin (UFZ), Berlin, Germany;

Ecohydrology, Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Berlin, Germany;

Ecology and Environment Protection, Poznań University of Life Sciences (PULS), Poznań, Poland;

Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal.