Increasing urbanisation and climate change pose new challenges to urban water management, requiring urgent attention in Europe and worldwide.
Solutions that are inspired and supported by nature, or nature-based solutions (NBS), are beginning to be seen as an alternative to traditional urban water treatments as they are more sustainable and less costly to establish and mantain.
NBS for water can enhance water availability, improve water quality, and reduce risks associated with water-related disasters and climate change, while contributing to the achievement of many of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
NBS for water generally remain outside mainstream urban water management and planning, and evidence suggests that NBS account for less that 5% of all expenditure in water resources management.
RMIT's global webinar will address how cities are increasingly adopting nature-based solutions for water, exploring its potential to enhance water security and ecological quality and to serve as a complement or alternative to traditional urban water treatments.
Register for this event to hear from representatives from the public and private sector about Europe and Australia-led research projects applying NBS for water best practice in cities.
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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer