There is no doubt that integrated water management will only increase in importance in the near future. Coasts, estuaries, and rivers are hotspots of biodiversity and human activity, that are impacted by global and regional environmental change, such as sea level rise, changing storm and rainfall patterns, floods and drought risks, and human landscape engineering. ECOSPHERE’s research includes studies on nature-based mitigation of climate impacts, such as flood risk reduction by wetlands; climate change mitigation by carbon storage in wetlands; and resilience of coastal ecosystems to sea-level rise, storms, and human impacts. Special attention is given to ecosystem services and nature-based solutions that can help in protecting from risks imposed by natural hazards and global change.

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