Additional Resources

Listed below are additional resources that can help community planners learn more about or implement nature-based solutions. Some of the resources contain information that is much more technical in nature than what’s featured on This list is by no means comprehensive or complete; if you have a recommendation for an addition to this page, please contact us at, and we’ll be glad to consider it.

  • Seattle Rain Garden Guide – Coalition website lead by The Nature Conservancy with various tools and resources.
  • Bridgeport Eco-Urban Assessment – Case study of eco-urban assessment modeling tool using Esri StoryMap to communicate results. (Scroll down in the left navigation bar to experience this website.)
  • Planting Healthy Air Report – A Nature Conservancy publication reporting benefits of trees to urban communities and associated maps/results.
  • Habitat Network – Habitat Network is a citizen science project designed to cultivate a richer understanding of wildlife habitat, for both professional scientists and people concerned with their local environments.
  • Daylighting Streams: Breathing Life Into Urban Streams and Communities (PDF) – Produced by American Rivers, this report details strategies for daylighting rivers and streams, including selected case studies.
  • Jobs for the Future — Public demand has surged for “green” innovations that make cities more environmentally friendly and more pleasant places to live. JFF examined the workforce needed to keep up with demand for green infrastructure systems and found that projected employment growth provides valuable opportunities for low-income, low-skilled workers to earn competitive wages.
  • Field Guide to Conservation in Cities in North America — Produced by The Nature Conservancy and the Center for Whole Communities (CWC).
  • NOAA’s Digital Coast Project – This NOAA-sponsored website is focused on helping communities address coastal issues and has become one of the most-used resources in the coastal management community.
  • NOAA’s “More habitat means more fish” (PDF) brochure – Outlines correlational data between habitat, fish and fishing-related revenue.
  • Atlas of Ocean Wealth – Is the largest collection to date of information about the economic, social and cultural values of coastal and marine habitats from all over the world. It is a synthesis of innovative science, led by The Nature Conservancy, with many partners around the world.
  • – Coastal Resilience is a program led by The Nature Conservancy to examine nature’s role in reducing coastal flood risk. The program consists of an approach, a web mapping tool, and a network of practitioners around the world supporting hazard mitigation and climate adaptation planning.
  • Oyster Restoration Manager’s Guide (PDF) and Online Calculator – The calculator, developed by The Nature Conservancy, uses two key ecosystem services—water filtration and fish production—to provide insight into how ecosystem services can be used to set restoration objectives, in order to answer a critical question of “How much shellfish restoration is enough?” The guide explains the science behind the calculator, and provides examples and case studies.
  • Mapping Oceans Wealth – Mapping Ocean Wealth, a resource developed by The Nature Conservancy, delivers scientific information in a clear and useful way to aid decision-makers at the local, national and even international levels to better understand the true value of the ocean environments to our lives.
  • Guide for incorporating ecosystem service valuation into coastal restoration projects (PDF) – Produced by The Nature Conservancy.
  • NOAA Information on coral reef restoration – Includes information on funding opportunities, threats and the agency’s information system.
  • NOAA Information on oyster reef restoration – Includes links to workgroups, case studies, monitoring techniques, etc.
  • NOAA Information on fish passages – Includes links to guides, examples and hydropower structures.
  • NOAA’s Tidal Hydrology Restoration Guide
  • Businesses and coastal restoration (RESTORE Act) – This page provides links to reports, government agency websites, fact sheets and other information that can help businesses stay informed about news relating to RESTORE Act implementation and other funding streams for coastal restoration.
  • ASFPM’s Managing Coastal Hazard Risks on Wisconsin’s Dynamic Great Lakes Shoreline – This report describes how climate change impacts coastal erosion processes on the Great Lakes and offers guidance on developing coastal setbacks and managing stormwater. The report includes a model coastal erosion hazard model ordinance.
  • NOAA Guidance for Considering the Use of Living Shorelines – Guidance provides information on NOAA’s perspective and roles regarding living shorelines implementation.
  • Living Shoreline Academy – Created by Restore America’s Estuaries, this website provides property owners and professionals with a variety of information and tools including training modules, professionals directory, maps and literature.
  • Living on the Coast: Protecting Investments in Shore Property on the Great Lakes – Co-produced by the US Army Corps of Engineers and University of Wisconsin Sea Grant, this publication describes how to protect coastal investments in the Great Lakes through a series of strategic approaches.
  • The Value of Coastal Wetlands for Flood Damage Reduction in the Northeastern USA — This paper is the updated, peer review version of The Nature Conservancy’s work supported by Lloyd’s and SNAPP and co-authors from the insurance industry (RMS and Guy Carpenter Co.).
Miscellaneous/All Encompassing
  • Naturally Resilient Communities 2-page fact sheet.
  • Procurement Guide to Nature-Based Solutions — Produced by The Nature Conservancy, this guide is is designed to provide communities with guidance, recommendations and best practices for drafting RFPs that empower consultants to identify creative, nature-based approaches for a myriad of challenges, particularly flood and stormwater management.
  • Conservation Gateway – The Nature Conservancy’s Conservation Gateway is a website for the conservation practitioner, scientist and decision-maker. It includes best practices and most up-to-date information used to inform the Conservancy’s work.
  • Using Natural Infrastructure to Build Resilient to Climate Change – A report by the Resources for the Future.
  • Engineering With Nature – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ “Engineering With Nature” (EWN) Program enables more sustainable delivery of economic, social, and environmental benefits associated with water resources infrastructure. This site features resources, tools, project overviews, etc.
  • U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit – Managed by NOAA’s Climate Program Office, the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit is a website designed to help people find and use tools, information, and subject matter expertise to build climate resilience. The Toolkit offers information from all across the U.S. federal government in one easy-to-use location. It includes case studies, tools, links to experts, training courses and reports.
  • Restoring Natural Infrastructure Report – Produced by Caterpillar Inc.
  • Natural Infrastructure for Guide for Business – The Natural Infrastructure for Business platform developed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development(WBCSD), CH2M (with support from The Nature Conservancy), and other member companies is designed to introduce business leaders and practitioners to natural infrastructure.
  • ASFPM No Adverse Impact How-To Guide for Infrastructure – This guide contains a section on natural or green infrastructure along with tips and tools.
  • ASFPM No Adverse Impact How-To Guide for Mitigation – This guide includes sections on acquisition and relocation of floodprone buildings, waterway restoration through dam removal and non-structural erosion control and shoreline stabilization.
  • EPA’s Ecosystem Protection Strategies for Climate Change – A wide ranging resource covering strategies from a strategy perspective and a climate risk perspective.
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