The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) defines nature-based solutions as “actions to protect, sustainably manage, and restore natural or modified ecosystems, that address societal challenges effectively and adaptively, simultaneously providing human well-being and biodiversity benefits.”
The Nature Force is using Natural Infrastructure to protect communities from the forces of nature – by using nature itself. Through modelling, we are identifying populated areas that are susceptible to flooding and developing projects to restore or manage wetlands and upstream watersheds.
The dual crises of climate change and biodiversity loss are a priority for Canadians habitat conservation has an important role to play in mitigating both issues. Beyond the significant economic value directly associated with flood mitigation, this work is providing a host of ancillary benefits ranging from carbon sequestration to providing wildlife habitat.