Nature-based solutions, sowing the seeds for sustainable cities?
Fostering sustainability in the face of environmental adversity today has gained high priority on the agenda of cities globally. The profound ability of nature to contribute to the sustainability and resilience of cities is becoming increasingly apparent, as is the recognition and urgency for sustainability transitions in these urban environments. Cities are recognised as key sites for these transitions. The following research paper positions nature-based solutions as transition niches for sustainable cities. This research herein seeks to identify ways in which the implementation of nature-based solutions with specific regard to urban agriculture, can become conventional when it comes to urban planning. To advance the practice of implementing nature-based solutions in cities, it is important to examine the strategies and aids which accelerate their proliferation. Hypothesised strategies or aims for this thesis include efficient followership, entrepreneurial linkage, supporting policy environments and subsequently networking. For this study a detailed case study was conducted - a positioned frontrunner city with regard to nature-based solutions is investigated alongside a partner follower city. The research will elaborate on the different ways nature-based solutions, as transition niches in these cities get diffused; replicated, embedded and scaled in order to contribute to the wider transition to sustainability in that region. Key words: sustainability transition, niche, nature-based solutions, sustainable cities.
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