IUCN’s Global Standard for Nature-based Solutions
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IUCN’s Global Standard for Nature-based Solutions aims to equip users with a robust framework for designing and verifying NbS that yield the outcomes desired, in solving one or several societal challenge(s). This tool includes a self-assessment that consists of eight criteria and associated indicators, which address the pillars of sustainable development (economy, environment and society) and resilient project management. In addition to the Standard, there is associated guidance, which instructs users how to perform a self-assessment to: Design new NbS project; Upscale pilots by identifying gaps; and Assess past projects and future proposals.
The output of the self-assessment comes in the form of a percentage match compared against good practices, with a traffic light system to identify areas for further work and adherence to the IUCN Global Standard.
The Standard consists of 8 Criteria and 28 Indicators
– Societal challenges
– Design at scale
– Biodiversity net-gain
– Economic feasibility
– Inclusive governance
– Balance trade-offs
– Adaptive management
– Mainstreaming and sustainability