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Worldwide Experience on NbS in the Water Sector




Water related issues, including quantitative and qualitative aspects such as flood protection, safe discharge, groundwater recharge, water pollution control and safe water reuse, are of a high importance. Nature-based solutions (NbS) have become an important approach in this aspect. Through accurate and interdisciplinary design it is also possible to enhance and maximize the multiple benefits of NbS (e.g. water and nutrient recovery, biodiversity, cooling, energy reduction and more) beyond water and wastewater management.

This Special Issue invites authors to submit predominantly research, review and case study papers dealing with the topics related to NbS for urban water management. As the problems of urban water become critical with rapidly rising population and climate change coupled with increasing water scarcity, there is a need of novel solutions which include appropriate technologies for different geographic and economic contexts. The intent is to increase awareness of the possibilities of NbS to support sustainable urban water management, helping to gain recognition in the worldwide scientific community.

We are pleased to invite you to submit a manuscript to Blue-Green Systems for peer review and possible publication in a Special Issue entitled Worldwide Experience on NbS in the Water Sector.


Relevant topics include:

  • NbS for urban water management
  • NbS to support sustainability in the water sector
  • NbS for watershed and river basin management
  • NbS for resource recovery and water reuse
  • NbS for water pollution control and industrial water management
  • NbS for non-sewered sanitation
  • NbS as technology for developing countries
  • Decision support and planning support for implementation of NbS
  • Valuation of NbS for water management
  • Policy-making and stakeholder inclusion


Key dates:

Deadline for manuscript submission: January 23rd 2024

Expected publication: Papers will be published online as soon as possible after acceptance.


Guest Editors:

Bernhard Pucher, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria

Hana Brunhoferová, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Ireland, Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, Czech Republic

Katharine Cross, Water-Cities and Australian Water Partnership, Australia

Anacleto Rizzo, Iridra Srl, Florence, Italy


How to submit:

Please make sure that your paper follows the Instructions to Authors of the journal, before submitting your paper directly to Blue-Green System’s peer review system. Then choose the article type – ‘Special Issue Article OA’ and the submission category – Special Issue: Nature-Based Solutions. This will send your paper to one of the Guest Editors.

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