Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) refer to the management and sustainable use of resources to tackle socio-environmental challenges such as climate change, water risk, quality and sustainable use of water, human health and management of environmental calamities risks.




The identification and assessment of green infrastructures and of ecosystem services allowed for the drawing up of a Strategy for the increase of ecosystem services and urban quality. The adopted strategy has been integrated within the local PUG – General Urban Plan – in accordance with the urban regulation of Emilia-Romagna (L.R. 24/2017) on the issues of eco-environmental allocations and of the climate change challenge.

Istituto Delta has always had a strategic role in the application of NBS in contexts of European projecting. Within the project PERFECT – Planning for Environment and Resource eFficiency in European Cities and Towns – green urban infrastructures in the Municipality of Ferrara have been mapped and their relative ecosystem services have been generated.

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Ecosystem services have been integrated in the planning and investments on the future of urban areas, influencing the decision-making process and increasing the awareness on the social, environmental and economic potential of ecosystem services.