Nature-Based Solutions for climate resilience

The climate challenge

The climate crisis is generating enormous social, environmental and economic challenges of a systemic nature, in particular:

– Risks to human health due to heat waves, high temperatures, pollution and floods, as well as food and water insecurities due to droughts, erosion, desertification or biodiversity loss.

– Increased energy costs and shortages due to problems in globalized supply chains powered by fossil fuels.

– Increased vulnerabilities to climate impacts due to growing levels of socio-economic inequalities.

Nature-Based Solutions (NBS)

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) defines Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) as “actions to protect, sustainably manage, and restore natural or modified ecosystems, that address societal challenges effectively and adaptively, simultaneously providing human well-being and biodiversity benefits”.

In other words, they are solutions to major human problems such as the climate crisis, which work with nature to regenerate the ecosystem services it provides (clean air and water, stable climate…), with a positive impact on biodiversity, an inclusive governance approach to build equity, and adaptive management to evolve as challenges do.

Services

SBNCLIMA SL we are a Spanish social enterprise that facilitates the design, evaluation and continuous improvement of Nature-Based Solutions to build resilience to climate impacts, by applying the IUCN Global Standard for NBS whose professional certification we hold.

We work with entrepreneurs, companies, business associations and chambers of commerce, project promoters, administration technicians and public agencies; offering consulting, advisory and training services, both online and face-to-face, as part of a holistic methodology that identifies climate challenges and designs systemic solutions with a launch strategy:

1. Climate resilience diagnosis and strategy

Performing a diagnosis of the starting situation regarding the climate crisis and devising an effective and inclusive resilience strategy based on two key levers: rewilding (Nature-Based Solutions) and localization (local economy).

5. Crowdfunding NBS

Once designed, NBS projects enter a specific crowdfunding campaign to obtain seed capital, social and institutional support, as well as greater financial strength for subsequent funding mechanisms.

2. Design and incubation of Nature-Based Solutions

Design of NBS projects based on IUCN Global Standard and deeply rooted in the local economy; and their incubation to develop a multi-benefit value proposition and a diversified business model. In the case of “nature-based enterprises” we add a prototype, a market test and launch via crowdfunding (3).

Team

An international team, firmly committed to ts mission and values, and working collaboratively through networks with various organizations and people at all levels:

Jesus Iglesias Saugar

EU Climate Pact Ambassador
IUCN Global Standard for NBS

Jesus is a social entrepreneur. Since 2009 he catalyzes social innovation processes for climate resilience and social equity, both locally and internationally. He has been a speaker at the last 6 UN Climate Change Conferences. He is a EU Climate Pact Ambassador, and a regular contributor to prominent Spanish media such as El País and elDiario.es.

He is an engineer, with a MsC in Space & Earth Sciences by the Paris Observatory and UC Berkeley, and a MsC in Sustainable Development by EOI Business School. He belongs to and actively participates in multiple networks such as the Nature-Based Solutions Cluster, International Localization Alliance, Climate Reality or 350.org.

Raquel Olmedillo Flores

Administration, finance & communication
Entrepreneurship & participation

Raquel finished her studies in business administration and finance in 2014. Since then, she has worked in the field, until she decided to go to the US, where she lived for just over two years, to soak up other cultures, acquire new professional experience and, of course, to improve her command of English. There, she took different courses at ‘Pace University’ in New York, and ‘Sacred Heart University’ in Connecticut.

Today, Raquel is part of the team, carrying out administrative and financial management, and also leading communication and marketing.

Claudia Sánchez Escudero

NBS project management
Urban regeneration

Claudia is an architect for the Higher Technical School of Architecture of Valladolid (Etsava), with enabling master and Erasmus + stay in L’école Nationale Supérieure d’Echitecture de Bretagne (Ensab) of Rennes (France). Her passion and vocation for nature -based solutions have led her to develop her TFG on “city and biodiversity”, and more recently to study the master’s degree in urban ecology and green infrastructure by UNIR (La Rioja).

At NBSCLIMATE, she manages NBS projects both internationally and nationally, focusing on technical aspects, from design to impact measurement.

Sara Peláez Sánchez

NBS project management
Ecosystem restoration

Sara is a biologist from the University of Salamanca, with a Master’s degree in Ecosystem Restoration from the University of Alcalá and a PhD in Biodiversity and Ecosystem Restoration from the University of Limerick in Ireland. She has extensive international experience, having participated in several European projects at the Joint Research Center of the European Commission in Italy, the NGO SPEA (Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds) in Portugal, or the Global Nature Foundation in Spain. Likewise, she has collaborated with IUCN and FAO.

Certificates

Among the certificates that prove our experience, the following stand out:

IUCN Global Standard for Nature-Based Solutions – Professional Certificate from IUCN

EU Climate Pact Ambassador
   

Finance for Nature – Professional Certificate from IUCN
  

LOREM IPSUM DOLOR

Innpulso Emprende 2022 Social Innovation Award:
Ribering project by NBSCLIMATE

In October 2022 in Valencia, at the annual meeting of the Innpulso network of cities focused on the mission “smart and climate neutral cities” , the Ribering project by NBSCLIMATE, received the “best social innovation” ward, representing Aranda and the Ribera del Duero cities. 50 cities participated, including Barcelona, Valencia and Zaragoza. 

Diario de la Ribera Innpulso NetworkCadena SER

Recent projects

Regenerative textile and fashion: a feasibility study for Gipuzkoa 

Funded by the Regional Government of Gipuzkoa, and under the leadership of Slow Fashion Next, one of our main partners, we have carried out a feasibility study for the transition of the textile and fashion sector in Gipuzkoa towards regenerative practices of production, transformation and consumption. The methodology used is rooted in the IUCN Global Standard for NBS. Fashion is one of the sectors with the highest environmental, social and economic impact, with enormous room for improvement and therefore innovation. This study opens many possibilities in this field.

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EU NextGen The Break: female entrepreneurship for mobility, rewilding and local commerce

The European program “The Break” financed by “NextGen” funds, led by the Madrid School of Industrial Organization (EOI) and coordinated by “The Break Alliance”, has selected 27 entrepreneurship organizations from all over Spain, from more than 60, to host 720 female entrepreneurs from all over Europe, in 2023. La Ribera del Duero has been represented by Ribering Coworking and NBSCLIMATE. The entrepreneurs have followed an incubation program, created synergies with local businesses and contributed to addressing the local challenges of mobility, rewilding and local commerce.

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EU PRIMA NATMed Project: NBS for sustainable water management in the Mediterranean

We are a partner of the EU PRIMA NATMed project led by the CARTIF Foundation, and whose purpose is to build Nature-Based Solutions on existing infrastructures for resilient water management in the Mediterranean. Specifically, it seeks to develop, apply and validate a set of NBS integrated into existing grey and natural aquatic infrastructures, in specific phases of the water cycle, to optimize water-related and water-dependent ecosystem services (social, economic and environmental aspects).

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NBS: a strategy for post-covid recovery in the Mediterranean – MAVA and UNEP/MAP – SCP/RAC

Within the framework of the Switchmed.eu project led by UNEP/MAP – SCP/RAC and the work of the MAVA Foundation in the Mediterranean, we were part of the team of experts that accompanied social entrepreneurs in the pioneer application of the IUCN Global Standard for NBS to their business projects, seeking to scale their social, environmental and economic impact.

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Ribering: a coworking, coliving and NBS incubator

We lead an ecosystem of social innovation and entrepreneurship around Nature-Based Solutions and economic localization for climate resilience, in Aranda de Duero (Burgos), the capital of the Ribera del Duero region in Spain. It consists of a coworking space, a coliving, an incubator for Nature-Based Solutions and Nature-based Enterprises and other additional services. 

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Resilience diagnosis of local commerce in Aranda de duero

19 small businesses from Aranda de Duero have participated in a study on resilience against various current crises (energy, climate …), we conducted together with HC Technologies via the local association of retailers (ACOA), with the support of the larger local business association (ASEMAR) and the City Council. 

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Climate Generation COP27 – MITECO and Spanish Office of Climate Change

We provided technical assistance to the Spanish Office of Climate Change – Ministry for the Ecological Transisiton with the “Climate Generation COP27” initiative, with the aim of taking 2 teams of Spanish university students to the UN Climate Summit in Egypt (COP27); for them to be able to participate in the international conversation on climate and present their adaptation projects to political, business, scientific and nonprofit representatives. 

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“Preventive climate resilience with a gender perspective” course – Andalusian Agency for International Cooperation (AACID)

As a central part of a project financed by the Andalusian Agency for International Development Cooperation (AACID) and led by Paz y Desarrollo, we coordinated and facilitated a course on preventive climate resilience with a gender perspective, including an incubation of social entrepreneurship for climate action and justice.

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Contact us!

We are at your disposal for any questions about our services or collaboration proposals within our strategic priorities.

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In person you can find us at Ribering – Coworking and coliving in Ribera del Duero: Bajada al molino 15, Bajo 2, 09400 Aranda de Duero (Burgos, Spain).

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