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Nature-Based Solutions and Water Security - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128198711

Nature-Based Solutions and Water Security

1st Edition

An Action Agenda for the 21st Century

Editors: Jan Cassin John Matthews Elena Gunn
Paperback ISBN: 9780128198711
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st July 2021
Page Count: 502
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Nature-Based Solutions and Water Security: An Action Agenda for the 21st Century presents an action agenda for natural infrastructure on topics of standards and principles, technical evaluation and design tools, capacity building and innovative finance. Chapters introduce the topic and concepts of natural infrastructure, or nature-based solutions (NBS) and water security, with important background on the urgency of the global water crisis and the role that NBS can, and should play, in addressing this crisis. Sections also present the community of practice’s collective thinking on a prioritized action agenda to guide more rapid progress in mainstreaming NBS.

With contributions from global authors, including key individuals and organizations active in developing NBS solutions, users will also find important conclusions and recommendations, thus presenting a collaboratively developed, consensus roadmap to scaling NBS.

Key Features

  • Covers all issues of water security and natural infrastructures
  • Presents a comprehensive state of synthesis, providing readers with a solid grounding in the field of natural infrastructures and water security
  • Includes a fully workable and intuitive roadmap for action that is presented as a guide to the most important actions for practitioners, research questions for academics, and information on promising careers for students entering the field


Water resource managers Conservation / environment focused NGOs; engineering schools; natural resources schools; government agencies that manage water resources/set utility rates; water-dependent businesses interested in engaging in collective watershed actions to manage their water risks; municipal leaders concerned with the resilience of their infrastructure systems. As a reference manual, resource guide, and/or roadmap for action

Table of Contents

Section 1: Introduction to Nature-Based Solutions and Water Security
Chapter 1. Setting the Scene: Nature-based Solutions and Water Security
Chapter 2. History and Development of Nature-based Solutions: Concepts and Practice
Section 2: State of Science and Knowledge
Chapter 3. Addressing Water Security through Nature-based Solutions
Chapter 4. Nature-based Solutions and Climate Change
Chapter 5. Nature-based Solutions, Sustainable Development, and Equity
Section 3: State of Policy and Governance
Chapter 6. Why Governments Embrace Nature-based Solutions: The Policy Rationale
Chapter 7. Nature-based Solutions in International Policy Instruments
Chapter 8. Legible Rivers, Resilient Rivers: Lessons for Climate Adaptation Policy from the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act
Section 4: Nature-Based Solutions in Action
Chapter 9. Nature-based Solutions for Source Water Protection in North America
Chapter 10. Protecting Source Waters: Focus on Latin America
Chapter 11. Mobilizing Funding for Nature-based Solutions: Peru’s Drinking Water Tariff
Chapter 12. Urban Blue Spaces, Health and Well-being: The Healthy New Towns Programme
Chapter 13. Learning from Indigenous and Local Knowledge: the Deep History of Nature-based Solutions
Chapter 14. Nature-based Solutions in Corporate Water Stewardship
Chapter 15. Funding and Financing to Scale Nature-based Solutions for Water Security
Section 5: Emerging Innovations, Moving to Scale
Chapter 16. Mainstreaming Nature-based Solutions through (Re)Insurance: the Five ‘Hats’ of the Insurance Sector
Chapter 17. Operationalizing NBS in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Redefining and "Greening" Project Development
Chapter 18. Nature-based Solutions: An Action Agenda for the 21st Century


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About the Editors

Jan Cassin

Jan Cassin. Jan is Director of Forest Trends’ Water Initiative, where she leads the organization’s work on scaling nature-based solutions for sustainable water management. An ecologist with expertise in terrestrial and freshwater systems, her career has emphasized applied research and practice in a wide range of water resource management issues – including integrated watershed management; wetland, stream, and floodplain restoration; green infrastructure design and assessment; ecosystem services quantification; and innovative financial mechanisms such as wetland banking and investments in watershed services (IWS). Jan recently led an international team in developing natural or green infrastructure water projects through investments in watershed services in 6 counties, including facilitating a global community of practice, implementing demonstration projects, and developing new information and tools to support natural infrastructure for water management. She regularly is invited to present at international water conferences and has authored several articles on natural infrastructure, water security, and climate adaptation. Prior to joining Forest Trends, Jan received her Doctorate at the University of Michigan, and has worked as an environmental and water resources consultant, as a researcher at MIT, a biologist for The Nature Conservancy, and a firefighter for the US Forest Service.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, Forest Trends’ Water Initiative, USA

John Matthews

John Matthews coordinates the Secretariat for the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), which is hosted by the World Bank and SIWI and supported by groups such as the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Dutch Infrastructure and Environment Ministry, and the US Army Corps of Engineers, among others. His work integrates climate change adaptation policy and science into sustainable natural resource management, infrastructure operations, and economic development. John has worked on five continents and some twenty-five countries. He has authored or co-authored recent books, papers, and reports on decision-making frameworks for adapting water infrastructure and ecosystems to climate impacts, resilient approaches to environmental flows, integrating ecological and engineering approaches to robust water management, and using new economic tools to support long-term sustainable planning. John has been asked by numerous NGOs, development banks, government ministries, companies, and aid agencies to provide advice and support on freshwater climate change and development issues. He is a Senior Water Fellow at Colorado State University and Courtesy Faculty at Oregon State University. Previously, John directed the global WWF freshwater climate adaptation program and the Freshwater Climate Change program at Conservation International for four years each. He has PhD in ecology from the University of Texas and held a postdoctoral research position in conservation biology with the US Geological Survey.

Affiliations and Expertise

Coordinates the Secretariat, Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), USA

Elena Gunn

Elena Lopez Gunn. Elena is the Founder and Director of ICATALIST where her role is focused on the strategic development of projects, vision of the future and innovation. She manages an interdisciplinary team to implement projects, as well as leads the development of products and services based on innovation. Her areas of focus include natural or green infrastructure, water resources management, and climate adaptation. Elena is scientific coordinator for the H2020 Naiad project on the insurance value of ecosystems for water risks. She is also a Visiting Fellow at University of Leeds, part of the water@leeds in the United Kingdom. Elena finished her PhD at King's College, London, and holds a Master’s in Development and Environment from the University of Cambridge, and a Master’s in Investigative Journalism, Data Management and visualization from the University Juan Carlos I with “El Mundo” newspaper. Professionally, Elena has collaborated with a number of organizations including UNESCO, FAO, UNDP, EU DG Research and Innovation, universities (Spanish and Dutch) and river basin agencies, the England and Wales Environment Agency, as well as the private sector (Repsol) and NGOs such as Transparency International-Spanish Chapter. She has published on a range of topics mainly related to water security, social innovation, collaborative decision making, water governance, evaluation of public policy, knowledge management and transfer. She is the co-editor of a recent book on adapting to climate change through water resources management.

Affiliations and Expertise

Founder and Director, ICATALIST

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