Purpose and Audience
This paper outlines the important role that nature-based solutions (NbS) – interventions that protect, restore or sustainably manage nature – can play in tackling the interlinked climate and biodiversity crisis and help local communities to adapt to its impacts now and in the future. It explains NbS as a concept and showcases the unique capabilities of companies within BEI who offer NbS services. These capabilities are illustrated through an at-a-glance overview of company specialisms and a set of case studies which demonstrate the value of NbS to climate-related challenges.
The paper is designed to meet the needs of a range of agencies seeking rapid insights and technical support for the design and implementation of NbS. The agencies for whom this paper has been developed include:
• UK Government Agencies (DIT, BEIS, FCDO, Innovate UK, DEFRA)
• Bilateral Development Agencies
• Multilateral Development Agencies
The Nature-based Solutions (NbS) Working Group
The NbS Working Group (NbSWG) brings together a cross-section of companies that offer the full spectrum of expertise related to helping global, national, and local clients meet the challenge of preparing for increasing climate impacts, loss of biodiversity and natural disasters. The group brings together members with knowledge and expertise in delivering solutions to better manage and sustainably restore nature and the environment across different geographies and sectors. The group offers a broad range of expertise that encompasses natural and green infrastructure services, ecosystem based agricultural practices and integrated water resource management, forest landscape restoration, ecosystem-based adaptation and mitigation, ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction and integrated coastal zone management.
The NbSWG is a sub-group of the wider BEI Climate Change Working Group, a cohort of BEI companies who offer a full set of professional advisory services related to mitigating and adapting to climate change.
British Expertise International
British Expertise International (BEI) is a membership organisation dedicated to supporting its members who provide services including infrastructure, capacity building, weather and climate services and international development, with a particular focus on the dynamic and growing markets of Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and South-East Europe.
BEI works closely with the UK and foreign governments to help our members understand international markets and opportunities they present through a wide range of activities. BEI members range from some of the UK’s largest companies to some of the smallest, but all share a common goal of exporting the best of UK expertise in professional services.
BEI has successfully delivered this unique focus, working both across various networks and alongside the UK government and other stakeholders, for over 50 years.