Toolbox Overview

This Toolbox aims to support decision-making and management by bringing together the evidence base for Nature-Based Solution in marine and coastal ecosystems developed through the MaCoBioS project. 

Through this online StoryMap, you can explore the places and ecosystems in which MaCoBioS worked and our major findings. Our interactive narrative guides you through [add detail about what the map contains]. You can download all the spatial data and accompanying meta data through our webGIS platform and all our findings from our Project Outputs page.

Marine and coastal ecosystems deliver a wide variety of goods and services on which human health and wellbeing depend. But despite their importance, these ecosystems are declining in many places around the world, suffering from a range of direct and indirect human impacts, as we elaborate in this T1.2 lit review paper. MaCoBioS worked in six ecosystems across three ecoregions to try to better understand their health and how this relates to their provision of ecosystem services. If you’d like to learn more about the ecosystems we studied please explore the following StoryMaps/pages:

Recognising the vital role of nature to help address the biodiversity and climate crises as well as other societal challenges, Nature-based Solutions have emerged as a key component of the response to these challenges. All of the ecosystems we studied can form the basis for Nature-based Solutions in marine and coastal environments. The term Nature-based Solutions provides a framework that brings together protection, restoration, and management actions, to try to holistically manage the impacts human activities are having on marine and coastal ecosystems. They aim to enhance biodiversity while providing other societal benefits. You can learn more about them through this WP3 NBS perspective piece. If you are at the beginning of considering implementing a Nature-based Solution we have developed these tools to help you:

Decision Tree

Risk Assessment Framework

Suitability Mapping

If you would like to learn more about the potential effects your intervention might have, and how to monitor our focal ecosystems and evaluate the effects of your intervention please consult the following pages:

Ecological effects

Social effects

When implementing a Nature-based Solution it is important to remember that we manage human activities not ecosystems, and that people are a critical part of the natural world. We found that people interested in our coasts and oceans, whether as a private citizen or as a practitioner or policy-maker working in marine and coastal management, strongly recognised the value of nature and nature-based approaches to management but that there are key barriers to their uptake. We report on these findings in this report D4.2 Stakeholder concerns and expectations’, this ‘data paper and this short video/infographic. To support the effective development of Nature-Based Solutions it is critical to involve people in selecting, designing, implementing and managing Nature-based Solutions. You can find more information about how to involve people in decision-making through our report on ‘D5.2 Best practices in stakeholder engagement and our ‘T5.2/T4.2 review of public participation practices in MSP’. If you are a policy-maker or practitioner we have produced these D3.4 guidelines, D4.3 policy guidelines and D4.4 policy briefs to help you integrate NBS into your policy and practice. 

We hope you find this collection of material interesting and useful.