Building Urban Resilience with Nature: A Practitioner's Guide to Action


Nature is fundamental to the functioning of cities, providing food, water, air quality, climate regulation, protection from natural hazards, health and economic benefits.

Natural infrastructure also can be used by cities to meet specific goals like gallons of storm water filtered, storm surge reduction, or heat island mitigation.

Natural infrastructure solutions provide some of the most productive and cost-effective options to meet cities’ challenges. They provide valuable co-benefits that will make cities better places to live, while also strengthening cities’ resilience to a broad range of resilience shocks and stresses.

What does this guide contain?

  1. Tools and vocabulary to make the case for investing in natural infrastructure, by being able to clearly communicate the benefits of nature and how it contributes to urban resilience
  2. Examples from cities in the Network that have taken steps to introduce and expand the role of nature and natural infrastructure to meet their resilience goals
  3. Practical steps that cities can take to introduce and advocate for nature-based solutions

To read the full publication, visit the 100 Resilient Cities website.