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How can nature help us design and build our cities? Nature-based solutions have the potential to provide multiple benefits across a range of sustainability challenges facing cities. They can help to limit the impacts of climate change, enhance biodiversity and improve environmental quality while contributing to economic activities and social well-being. But what are nature-based solutions? Examples include green roofs and city parks that reduce heat, city lagoons that can store water as well as vegetation and rain gardens to intercept storm water. This course will explore nature-based solutions in cities in Europe and around the world. It will connect together the key themes of nature, cities and innovation. We will discuss how to assess what nature-based solutions can achieve in cities. We will examine how innovation is taking place in cities. And we will analyse the potential of nature-based solutions to help respond to climate change and sustainability challenges. This course combines both technical knowledge and the social sciences to better understand nature-based solutions in a holistic perspective. New governance arrangements, business models and financing, forms of citizen engagement and innovation pathways will be needed to make the promise of nature-based solutions a reality. In this course, we bring together a collection of diverse films and key short readings on nature-based solutions as well as interactive forums and practical assignments to create an online learning community for nature-based solution in an urban world.

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Rating 4.7 based on 10 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Effort 5 weeks of study, 5 hours/week. In total 25 films and 10 teachers.
Starts Jan 18 (last week)
Cost $49
From Lund University via Coursera
Instructors Prof. Harriet Bulkeley, Dr. Kes McCormick, Dr. Bernadett Kiss, Dr. Helen Toxopeus, Prof. Christine Wamsler, Dr. Yuliya Voytenko Palgan
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Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Engineering Science
Tags Social Sciences Governance And Society Physical Science And Engineering Environmental Science And Sustainability

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without requesting greenpeace level

Without requesting Greenpeace level activism, a little more potentially constructive ideas would be great, considering the vast majority of currently existing urban landscapes largely neglect green and blue solutions, apparently to an increasing degree simultaneously with population increase.

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inspiring real tangible examples

www.indepes .org I really liked the course content being mostly videos and case studies - so many inspiring real tangible examples.

sustainability courses never dissapoint

A good change with videos, made the subject more vivid.Dag Lund's sustainability courses never dissapoint!

after higher study students.this

This course is a mandatory subject to the construction industry and i recommended to complete this for the undergraduate students and after higher study students.This will lead to us to planning ,designing and monitoring process sustainable with the nature for a better future.i'm sure i will support for my city to develop such kind of knowledge which i get from this course.Thank you all of lectures ,videos and the notes.

integrated long term solutions

instead of added splotches of green here an there, widespread and integrated long term solutions would effectively tip the scale in favor of not waiting for the electric revolution to turn cities into nice spaces again in 30-40 years.

turn cities into nice

at times confusing

The wording in the quiz's was at times confusing, but you get additional attempts to pass so that's fine.

develop such kind

due end week

The draft assignment was due end Week 2 and final by week 4 so that was a surprise, but well worth doing the assignment for the learnings.

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Rating 4.7 based on 10 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Effort 5 weeks of study, 5 hours/week. In total 25 films and 10 teachers.
Starts Jan 18 (last week)
Cost $49
From Lund University via Coursera
Instructors Prof. Harriet Bulkeley, Dr. Kes McCormick, Dr. Bernadett Kiss, Dr. Helen Toxopeus, Prof. Christine Wamsler, Dr. Yuliya Voytenko Palgan
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Engineering Science
Tags Social Sciences Governance And Society Physical Science And Engineering Environmental Science And Sustainability

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