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Community Engagement for Nature-Based Solutions

posted on 2023-02-22, 09:16 authored by Liz SharpLiz Sharp, Christine Sefton, Gill Hughes, Kiera Chapman, Ruth Quinn


Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) (which are also known as Sustainable Drainage Systems, or SuDS) offer a new approach to managing water. Whether they are focused on drought, pollution, or flood risk, they alter the places where communities live, work, or enjoy themselves. Communities therefore should have the right to input to their design in their area. 

This guide has been developed to offer ideas for water practitioners to enhance community engagement related to NBS. It is written by researchers at the Universities of Sheffield and Hull, with input from a diverse range of practitioners. It includes sections on why to do community engagement and advice relating to five different stages of community engagement.  Case studies about how others have approached community engagement in NBS are found in an Appendix.  


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