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New H2020 calls on nature-based solutions

The European Commission will invest almost €16 billion in research and innovation in the next two years under Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation funding scheme, following a new Work Programme for 2016-17.

https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/news/horizon-2020-work-programme-2016-2017-published

This includes calls for proposals around the subject of Nature Based Solutions:

Cross-cutting activities on Smart and Sustainable Cities host calls on nature-based solutions on http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/wp/2016_2017/main/h2020-wp1617-focus_en.pdf (pg 104):

· SCC-02-2016: Demonstrating innovative nature- based solutions in cities (IA): NBS for climate and water resilience in cities (Cross-cutting call 'Smart and Sustainable Cities) on http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/wp/2016_2017/main/h2020-wp1617-focus_en.pdf (pg 111)

· SCC-03-2016: new governance, business, financing models and economic impact assessment tools for sustainable cities with nature-based solutions (urban re-naturing) (RIA) on http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/wp/2016_2017/main/h2020-wp1617-focus_en.pdf (pg 116)

· SCC-04-2016: Sustainable urbanisation (ERA-NET) on http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/wp/2016_2017/main/h2020-wp1617-focus_en.pdf (pg 118)

Calls on nature-based solutions for territorial resilience are under societal challenge 5, "Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials" http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/wp/2016_2017/main/h2020-wp1617-climate_en.pdf (pg. 22):

· SC5-09-2016: Operationalising insurance value of ecosystems (RIA) on http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/wp/2016_2017/main/h2020-wp1617-climate_en.pdf (pg 26)

· SC5-10-2016: Multi-stakeholder dialogue platform to promote innovation with nature to address societal challenges (CSA) on http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/wp/2016_2017/main/h2020-wp1617-climate_en.pdf (pg 28)

· SC5-08-2017: Large-scale demonstrators on nature-based solutions for hydro-meteorological risk reduction on http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/wp/2016_2017/main/h2020-wp1617-climate_en.pdf (pg 23)

Furthermore, Societal Challenge 2 ("Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research, and the Bioeconomy") covers a number of research topics which are relevant to investigate the functioning of NBS in agriculture http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/wp/2016_2017/main/h2020-wp1617-food_en.pdf :

· RUR-06-2016: Crop diversification systems for the delivery of food, feed, industrial products and ecosystems services - from farm benefits to value-chain organisation on http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/wp/2016_2017/main/h2020-wp1617-food_en.pdf (pg. 132).

· Topics 2017: Bee health, permanent grassland farming systems and policies, productivity gains through functional biodiversity, socio-economics in ecological approaches, developing resilient and sustainable agricultural systems, eco-intensification, new business models for payments for ecosystem services in forests.