RECONECT monitors the benefits of Nature-based Solutions in Aarhus, Denmark

Close to one of Denmark’s biggest cities, new monitoring is proving how Nature-based Solutions can help in the fight against hydro-meteorological risks, keeping residents safe from flooding and extreme weather by boosting the expanse and services of nature and biodiversity

Figure 1: A look at the demonstrator areas

Which Nature-based Solutions have been implemented?

How is NBS monitoring proceeding?

The presence of Triturus cristatus is considered an indicator of good habitat quality. The population size is assessed with two methods: traditional catching and environmental DNA. Figure 2: e-sampling for Triturus Cristatus in Lystrup, June 2020. Figure 3: AMPHI partner doing water sampling for eDNA.
Figure 4: Project sites in Lystrup for vegetation monitoring (terrestrial part). 10 Climate Change Adaptation sites in Lystrup were implemented between 2015–2017. Figure 5: The adjacent area of the lake and islands were split into 22 sub-sites in Egå Engsø. In July and August 2020, all sub-sites, except 20 and 21 were revisited, remapped and species list updated.

In the future, will new monitoring parameters be added?

What has been the main lesson in working on RECONECT?

What have been key enablers and barriers to implementing NBS in Denmark?

What achievements you are most proud of?

The RECONECT project demonstrates the effectiveness of Nature-Based Solutions for hydro-meteorological risk reduction in rural and natural areas