EGU General Assembly 2021
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Promote Nature-Based Solutions to adapt the environment to climate change – The LIFE ARTISAN project

Pierre-Antoine Versini1, Daniel Schertzer1, and Mathilde Loury2
Pierre-Antoine Versini et al.
  • 1Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, HM&Co, Champs-sur-Marne, France (
  • 2Office Français de la Biodiversité, Vincennes, France

Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) appear as some relevant alternatives to mitigate the consequences of climate change. For this reason, they are promoted for the implementation of the national plan for adaptation to climate change (PNACC) in France, in line with the Paris Agreement, the strategy of the European Union for adaptation to climate change and the French national strategy for biodiversity.

Nevertheless, this ambitious goal of democratizing NBS poses some institutional and technical challenges because many obstacles remain to their implementation. Overcoming these shortcomings is the objective of the LIFE integrated project called ARTISAN (Achieving Resiliency by Triggering Implementation of nature-based Solutions for climate Adaptation at a National scale). Coordinated by the French Biodiversity Office (OFB), its consortium regroups several local authorities, technical, research and education institutes.

For this purpose, ARTISAN is creating a framework promoting the implementation of NBS by improving scientific and technical knowledge about them, then by developing and disseminating relevant tools for project leaders (for the design, sizing, implementation and evaluation of ecosystem performance).

To demonstrate that NBS can respond to a diversity of climatic, ecological and institutional contexts, 10 pilot sites will be monitored in metropolitan and overseas France. The concerned issues are for example the reduction of urban heat island by the de-waterproofing of the public space, the limitation of the impact of cyclonic episodes on the urbanized coastline overseas by promoting the restoration of the mangrove, and the decrease of agricultural water stress during the low flow period by the hydromorphological restoration of wetlands. These pilot sites will serve to develop, improve and validate operational tools, methods and trainings devoted to practitioners.

How to cite: Versini, P.-A., Schertzer, D., and Loury, M.: Promote Nature-Based Solutions to adapt the environment to climate change – The LIFE ARTISAN project, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-7103,, 2021.


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