Towards a cross-sectoral view of nature-based solutions for enabling circular cities
ID Langergraber, Günter (Author), ID Castellar, Joana A. C. (Author), ID Andersen, Theis Raaschou (Author), ID Andreucci, Maria-Beatrice (Author), ID Baganz, Gösta F. M. (Author), ID Buttiglieri, Gianluigi (Author), ID Canet-Martí, Alba (Author), ID Carvalho, Pedro N. (Author), ID Finger, David Christian (Author), ID Griessler Bulc, Tjaša (Author), ID Junge-Berberovic, Ranka (Author), ID Megyesi, Boldizsár (Author), ID Milošević, Dragan (Author), ID Oral, Hasan Volkan (Author), ID Pearlmutter, David (Author), ID Pineda-Martos, Rocío (Author), ID Pucher, Bernhard (Author), ID Van Hullebusch, Eric D. (Author), ID Atanasova, Nataša (Author)

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A framework developed by the COST Action Circular City (an EU-funded network of 500+ scientists from 40+ countries; COST = Cooperation in Science and Technology) for addressing Urban Circularity Challenges (UCCs) with nature-based solutions (NBSs) was analyzed by various urban sectors which refer to different fields of activities for circular management of resources in cities (i.e., reducing use of resources and production of waste). The urban sectors comprise the built environment, urban water management, resource recovery, and urban farming. We present main findings from sector analyses, discuss different sector perspectives, and show ways to overcome these differences. The results reveal the potential of NBSs to address multiple sectors, as well as multiple UCCs. While water has been identified as a key element when using NBSs in the urban environment, most NBSs are interconnected and also present secondary benefits for other resources. Using representative examples, we discuss how a holistic and systemic approach could facilitate the circular use of resources in cities. Currently, there is often a disciplinary focus on one resource when applying NBSs. The full potential of NBSs to address multifunctionality is, thus, usually not fully accounted for. On the basis of our results, we conclude that experts from various disciplines can engage in a cross-sectoral exchange and identify the full potential of NBSs to recover resources in circular cities and provide secondary benefits to improve the livelihood for locals. This is an important first step toward the full multifunctionality potential enabling of NBSs.

Keywords:circularity challenges, multifunctionality, interdisciplinarity, nature-based solutions, urban sectors, sustainable urban development, ecosystem-based management
Work type:Article
Typology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:ZF - Faculty of Health Sciences
FGG - Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering
Publication status:Published
Publication version:Version of Record
Number of pages:19 str.
Numbering:Vol. 13, iss. 17, art. 2352
PID:20.500.12556/RUL-132084 This link opens in a new window
ISSN on article:2073-4441
DOI:10.3390/w13172352 This link opens in a new window
COBISS.SI-ID:80079875 This link opens in a new window
Publication date in RUL:12.10.2021
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Shortened title:Water
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Licensing start date:01.09.2021

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Keywords:izzivi krožnosti, večnamenskost, interdisciplinarnost, naravne rešitve, mestni sektorji, trajnostni razvoj mest, ekosistemsko upravljanje


Funder:Other - Other funder or multiple funders
Funding programme:COST
Project number:CA17133
Name:Implementing nature-based solutions for creating a resourceful circular city
Acronym:Circular City

Funder:Other - Other funder or multiple funders
Funding programme:Spain, Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness
Project number:CTM2017-85385-C2-1-R

Funder:Other - Other funder or multiple funders
Funding programme:Generalitat de Catalunya
Project number:2017-SGR-1318

Funder:Other - Other funder or multiple funders
Funding programme:Generalitat de Catalunya, CERCA

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