Nádúr Managing Director Shirley Gleeson is delighted to have taken up the role of Community Ambassador for nature- based solutions for health and well-being on the connecting nature enterprise platform. Connecting Nature is a €11.4m five-year project funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Innovation Action Programme .

 Connecting nature works with local authorities, communities, industry partners, NGOs and academics who are investing in large scale implementation of nature–based projects in urban settings.  Coordinated by Trinity College Dublin, Connecting Nature is a consortium of 30 partners within 16 European countries, and hubs in Brazil, China, Korea & The Caucasus (Georgia and Armenia).

The Connecting Nature Enterprise platform is an online marketplace connecting potential buyers with suppliers of nature-based solutions who can help to design, deliver, manage, and monitor NBS. 

The interest in NBS is growing internationally. In the aftermath of this global pandemic, we will need nature-based solutions in health and well-being to support the global mental health crisis that is emerging. However, there are not enough skilled practitioners out there to work in the area of nature and wellbeing. Nádúr delivers international training in the area of Forest Bathing,  Forest Therapy and Nature Based Wellbeing for individuals and organisations. 

“Nature-based enterprises (NBEs) are defined as enterprises, engaged in economic activity, which use nature sustainably as a core element of their product/service offering for the planning, delivery and/or stewardship of nature-based solutions. Nature-based enterprises differ from nature-based organisations who deliver nature-based products and services but not as a core economic activity e.g., parks department, conservation charity etc”. This definition is from a great article  ” From nature-based solutions to nature- based enterprises” by Esmee Kooijman and Siobhan McQuaid  who are a central part of Connecting Nature. 

The role of the Community Ambassador is to create awareness of nature-based enterprise in health and wellbeing through hosting a number of international workshops  and actively support the community who are engaged through the Connecting Nature Enterprise Platform.

For further information on the Connecting Nature Project please see the link below