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Other Resources to Support Nature-Based Solutions

Continuously updated, we've collected reports, blogs, webinars, external sources and other resources to help support the pursuit of nature-based solutions.

Mitigation Planning

Hazard mitigation, including nature-based solutions, is most successful when it is coordinated with other plans, policies, and decisions. This includes your community’s hazard mitigation plan.

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For more information on how to create or update your mitigation plan, visit the Mitigation Planning Program.

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Floodplains and Wildlife Conservation

Gulf Sturgeon in fresh water.

Communities can learn about opportunities to reduce flood risk and lower community flood insurance premiums while enjoying the benefits of naturally functioning floodplains, such as the conservation of habitat essential for threatened and endangered species.

For Kids

FEMA’s “My Rain Garden” coloring book is a great way to introduce children to the idea of nature-based solutions through narrative, pictures and activities. This coloring book is part of the “Safer Communities” series that teaches children ages 4 to 7 about mitigation solutions in a fun and easily understandable way.

Partner Resources

Learn more about nature-based solutions from some of our partners.

The Nature Conservancy

Developed by The Nature Conservancy, the Promoting Nature-Based Hazard Mitigation Through FEMA Mitigation Grants guidance document is intended for stakeholders pursuing FEMA HMA grants for nature-based solutions to mitigate risks associated with flooding (riverine and coastal) and wildfire. An approved mitigation plan is a requirement to apply for and/or receive certain FEMA assistance.

Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Protection Agency hosts a Green Infrastructure Webcast Series that supports implementation of nature-based solutions. Their Green Infrastructure website also provides a significant number of valuable resources.

Additionally, the EPA has also released the Bioretention Design Handbook. The handbook was developed to inform practitioners about the latest approaches and lessons learned for bioretention design, construction, inspection, and operation and maintenance.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) offers several educational opportunities.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and their Engineering with Nature® program, The International Guidelines on Natural and Nature-Based Features for Flood Risk Management provide practitioners with the best available information concerning the conceptualization, planning, design, engineering, construction and maintenance of NNBF to support resilience and flood risk reduction for coastlines, bays, and estuaries, as well as river and freshwater systems.

The Guidelines are the culmination of a five-year collaboration between NOAA, USACE and many international partners, including more than 175 international authors and contributors from more than 75 organizations and 10 countries.