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Tue, 20/10/2020

Public procurement of nature-based solutions

Nature-based solutions (NBS) can be a powerful tool for cities dealing with the contemporary sustainability challenges including degradation of natural capital and ecosystem services, vulnerability to climate change and natural disasters, as well as corresponding health and well-being issues. NBS have potential to boost local economies and create business opportunities. However, many public authorities still report difficulties in using public procurement to implement NBS projects.

This report provides an overview of the major challenges facing NBS procurers in the EU, along with case studies of success in addressing those barriers across nine European cities, including the three UNaLab front-runner cities. The findings may help other public authorities adapt their procurement processes to procure NBS more effectively.


 Ernesta Mačiulytė (University of Stuttgart IAT) & Elsa Durieux (ICLEI)