Water-related ecosystem services perform an infrastructure-like function, such as wetlands filtering contaminated water, mangroves protecting shorelines from extreme weather events, floodplains absorbing excessive storm waters and lakes storing large water supplies.

Yet, they are not built infrastructure; these natural water infrastructures are shaped, grown, eroded, or deposited by nature.

Natural infrastructure provides services that underpin the way we manage our river basins and therefore the way we grow food, generate electricity, and supply water to cities.

Working with nature can optimise the performance and financial benefits of engineered infrastructures.

 

Check out this infographic to learn more.

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