A similar survey of an urban California community found 90% of property crimes occurred in areas without vegetation.In Chicago, a study found residents reported fewer incidents of illegal activity in places containing urban nature.Traditional structures designed to control floodwaters or storm surges are usually built on beaches, marshes or wetlands, where they destroy valuable wildlife habitat.
Improved water quality can boost tourism and recreation or reduce costs at water treatment facilities.
Even smaller-scale projects, like rain gardens or green roofs, can help reduce the impacts of local flooding events while also providing benefits like improved community appeal and habitat for birds and butterflies or pollinating bees.
Recent studies demonstrate that green spaces in urban areas may actually decrease violent and property crimes in neighborhoods.
One study comparing 98 apartment buildings in an inner-city neighborhood indicated that residents with higher amounts of nearby nature reported fewer violent and minor crimes, and fewer incivilities.
Communities have choices in how they prepare for and respond to floods.
Often overlooked is the role that nature and nature-based solutions can play alongside seawalls or dams and levees.The presence of nearby natural areas and green spaces appears to strengthen social ties among neighbors by encouraging the use of common spaces.Strong community relationships increase the likelihood that individuals will work together to achieve common goals, exchange information, and maintain informal social controls, which leads to cleaner and safer public spaces, less crime, and can have a positive impact on public health.Nature-based solutions use natural systems, mimic natural processes, or work in tandem with traditional approaches to address these specific hazards. population lives in counties where federally-declared, weather-related disasters have occurred since 2010.Communities across the country— along rivers or coasts, large or small, rural or urban— can incorporate nature-based solutions in local planning, zoning, regulations, and built projects to help reduce their exposure to flood and erosion impacts. Smart nature-based solutions provide multiple benefits, giving communities high returns on their investments in flood risk reduction strategies.They are some of the world's greatest ever horse racing names, but new research has suggested that the likes of Seabiscuit, Man O'War, Secretariat and Seattle Slew may all have a distant genetic connection.