The role of forests and trees in the nature-based solutions discourse
Recent years have seen the worldwide adoption and rapid proliferation of the ‘nature-based solutions’ concept. This session takes a critical perspective on the current NBS discourse, and focuses on the role of trees, forests and forestry. How are these currently considered in NBS research, policies and implementation? What can be done to ensure that not only ‘high-tech’ and often expensive NBS are prioritised by funders and decision makers? What lessons have we learnt so far about the role of forests and forestry in addressing societal challenges, for example in urban areas? How can we enhance forestry’s role? What is the role of different actors, including IUFRO, in making this happen?The session will include an introductory talk from an expert on NBS & trees/green infrastructure, to set the scene. This will be followed by brief presentations on the mobilisation of forests and trees as NBS, for example from urban forestry, green infrastructure planning, and national environmental programs. Links between NBS and other central concepts, such as ecosystem services, green infrastructure, the green economy and ecosystem-based adaptation will be highlighted.