Issue Brief

Outdoor Policy as Nature-Based Solutions



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Grant Gliniecki
Outdoor Policy Coordinator



Nature-based solutions (NbS), sometimes called engineering with nature, build resilience by learning from and designing with natural landscapes and ecosystems. Nature-based solutions often cost less than traditional infrastructure and offer improved disaster resilience, green jobs, increased property values, economic growth, greenspace equity, and improved public health. Environmentally-committed outdoor policy promotes and builds on nature-based solutions.

This Issue Brief provides an overview and examples of nature-based solutions, as well as case studies on how outdoor policy can be used for nature-based climate solutions.


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FEMA: Building Community Resilience with Nature-Based Solutions

A guide to help local officials and communities implement nature-based solutions to build resilience against natural hazards.

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