2023 Events

Nature based Solution (NbS) for Resilient Water

NAU’s 6th Annual Student Water Symposium theme introduction video

NAU’s 6th Annual Student Water Symposium highlights the power of nature-based solutions, or NbS, a category of water management techniques that harness or mimic natural processes to restore nature, address water related challenges, and increase resilience. Resilience in the context of water includes both the capacity to recover from stresses and the capacity to modify systems to cope with future stress. Recently the IUCN made a major declaration, emphasizing the importance of prioritizing NbS in policy and decision-making processes, including in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework and the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

It is now more crucial than ever to develop sustainable and resilient solutions that can ensure equitable clean water for everyone. NbS can address societal challenges, enhance human well-being, and support the aims of a wide variety of policies, including those relating to water resources management, food security, human health, climate change adaptation and mitigation, disaster risk reduction, combating desertification, sustainable development, and agriculture practices, fisheries and aquaculture, ocean, and coastal zone management, while enhancing biodiversity and ecosystem functions. We dedicate this SWS to better understanding these solutions through Keynote Panel discussions, a film screening, and student presentations.