Nature-Based Solutions Program
One of the Louisiana Watershed Initiative’s goals is to leverage the state’s vast network of natural ecosystems to protect communities and enhance statewide resilience to floods and other hazards. In addition to the economic and recreational benefits of Louisiana’s landscape, the state can benefit from the role its natural resources play in absorbing and detaining floodwaters, enhancing water quality and buffering the impact of storms.
These types of strategies, which use nature to enhance the community, restore water quality and slow the movement of stormwater, are called nature-based solutions.
LWI and Nature-Based Solutions
LWI will weave nature-based solutions into every facet of the program by:
- Funding projects that harness natural features to reduce flood risk and improve water quality
- Providing training and technical resources to advance understanding and adoption of nature-based solutions
- Prioritizing nature-based solutions across state programs and projects
- Using tools to quantify benefits and measure performance of these actions on our natural environment
Working With Nature Training Series
The state is hosting a series of nine training modules on nature-based solutions. The modules provide the knowledge and training necessary to design and develop nature-based solutions projects that can address various types of flood risk throughout the state.
MODULE NO. 5
Development regulations and incentives for nature-based solutions
Module No. 5 Presentation
The Nature Conservancy and RTI International developed an interactive map for exploring preliminary opportunity areas and associated criteria for nature-based solutions projects.
The Nature Conservancy and RTI International hosted a nature-based solutions training session in April 2023, focused on NBS opportunity maps, which screen for areas appropriate for NBS types and practices.
The White House Coastal Resilience Interagency Working Group developed a summary of federal resources and guidance on green infrastructure, nature-based solutions and habitat restoration to assist communities in evaluating and investing in nature-based strategies.
This guide focuses on nature-based solutions and their application in Louisiana to support flood risk management, including an appendix with summary sheets detailing particular types of nature-based solutions.
Types of Nature-Based Solutions: Summary Sheets