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Nature-based Solutions

Four people explore a green park with a bridge and a limestone structure in the center.
The Power of Nature Confluence Park in San Antonio, Texas. © Casey Dunn

Defining Nature-based Solutions:

Nature-based solutions use or imitate natural features and processes—increasing community resilience and providing multiple benefits to people and the environment. 

Nature is often viewed as an escape from the human-made environments of our cities and communities. But gray and green development don’t have to exist in separate worlds. Nature is one of our oldest forms of infrastructure, and the Lone Star State is home to nearly every habitat imaginable. Wetlands, coastal marshes, grasslands, floodplains, aquifers and forests—these diverse forms of natural infrastructure have provided a range of benefits to people and nature, from the piney woods of the Big Thicket to the jagged mountains of the Trans Pecos.

Today, nature—including natural areas and "nature-based" systems that integrate natural function into urban landscapes—remains one of the best solutions to help meet the state’s growing needs for clean water and air, access to green space and safe community development. And in Texas, where natural beauty is a source of state pride, our natural infrastructure also preserves our unique character while creating a more sustainable and resilient future for all Texans.

Finding Solutions in Nature

From absorbing floodwaters to cleaning our air, nature does it all.

Nature — Texas' #1 Developer

Help us make nature the norm when it comes to development in the Lone Star State.