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The potential of urban nature-based solutions to improve public health outcomes through reduced biological hazard

Active project

2023–2024

Rapidly developing cities of the Global South face complex challenges, among these is keeping their populations healthy. As we have seen from COVID-19, highly dense and unplanned settlements made social distancing difficult and left many urban dwellers without access to essential services such as water and sanitation.

While nature-based solutions (NBS) continue to receive strong global attention and investment due to their capacity to support multi-functional goals, including climate adaptation and ecosystems health, little attention has been paid to the potential of NBS to tackle infectious diseases such as water-borne and vector-borne diseases.

Responding to this knowledge gap, in partnership with Youth Innovation Lab, Nepal, this SEI project builds on the recently completed Building Resilience through Inclusive and Climate-Adaptive Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia-Pacific program, focusing on the city of Bharatpur, Nepal to examine the potential of NBS to reduce biological hazard and improve public health outcomes while creating more liveable and climate-resilient cities.

Project team

Chloe Pottinger-Glass
Chloe Pottinger-Glass

Research Associate

SEI Asia

Profile picture of Uttam Ghimire
Uttam Ghimire

Research Associate

SEI Asia

Ridhi Saluja

Research Fellow

SEI Asia

Profile picture of Minh Tran
Minh Tran

Research Fellow

SEI Asia

Topics and subtopics
Water : Cities
Related centres
SEI Asia
Regions
South Asia

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