This study contributes to the growing evidence base that investments in Nature-based Solutions for freshwater management are economically the preferred choice when taking into account all benefits humans derive from healthy, well-functioning rivers and wetlands, going clearly beyond the monetary benefits of single-use approaches typically considered in grey infrastructure analysis.
This study features three key findings:
- Nature-based Solutions for freshwater management can contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation while reversing biodiversity decline.
- Nature based Solutions for freshwater management create employment opportunities on the short and medium term and stimulates economic sustainable development in the long term.
- Nature-based Solutions for freshwater management are efficient from a socioeconomic point of view when taking into account all benefits from rivers and wetlands.