The economics of nature-based solutions.

Invest4Nature is an EU-funded project that contributes to the creation of a market for nature-based solutions. A group of 15 partners from 11 European countries prepare the grounds for investments in nature-based solutions by evaluating its benefits and economic performance.

Nature-based solutions

The world is experiencing a severe climate and biodiversity crisis. Nature-based solutions (NBS) can be a powerful tool to tackle this challenge by reducing the risks of climate change driven events such as flooding or heat waves. The benefits of nature based solutions are not limited to climate protection, but can also increase well-being for citizens and create opportunities for employment, offering multiple benefits environmental, social, and economic value creation.

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Invest4Nature – Let us introduce ourselves!

News | December 21, 2022

Welcome to Invest4Nature! Invest4nature – Promoting investments in NBS and accelerating market uptake by gaining a better understanding o […]

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Welcome to the Website!

News | December 23, 2022

Our dynamic website is LIVE!  🥳 As we explained in our introductory post Invest4Nature aims to create a market for investments into […]

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URBAN GreenUP International Conference

Events | March 29, 2023

A fellow NBS project is having their final international conference! 📅29th of March 📍Valladolid, Spain | A one-day international URBAN Gr […]

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Cities Talk Nature Conference: Unlocking the potential of underutilised urban areas

Events | May 11, 2023

Join the Interlace Hub and other municipal representatives at the Pentagon in Chemnitz for two days of keynote presentations, p […]

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25th European Forum on Urban Forestry 2023

Events | May 24, 2023

Kraków, Poland | We are happy to announce the 25th European Forum on Urban Forestry that will be co-organised this year by the Europ […]

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Economic valuation of the benefits

Despite the multiple benefits of nature-based solutions, they are not systematically understood. There is currently no standard method to calculate the economic and financial benefits that can be used to back their investment case. The financial valuation in the various areas of environment, society, or economy is an important indicator for financial stakeholders such as investors and insurances in building support for nature-based solutions.

Invest4Nature will:

  • Create an evaluation framework of nature-based solutions to allow sound cost-benefit analyses and the development of business models

  • Provide evidence on the benefits in coastal, urban, rural and mountainous scenarios by evaluating 5 NBS Living Labs in Norway, Denmark, Poland, Austria and Portugal, each with already existing NBS cases

  • Develop a Decision Support (DS) toolbox to facilitate comparison of grey/green solutions in meeting the needs of investors and selection of NBS investments with the highest social impacts.


Living Labs