WWF Greece is an independent environmental non-governmental organization, member of the
International WWF, a global network of scientists, volunteers and citizens, active in Greece for almost
30 years. Our mission is to stop the degradation of the natural environment, to protect biodiversity, to
ensure the sustainable use of renewable natural resources and to promote the reduction of pollution
and wasteful consumption.
Nature-based Solutions is an innovative-though not new-approach for disaster risk reduction and WWF
Greece has developed an internal strategy that focuses on reducing the impacts of floods and fires.
Currently WWF Greece is implementing various projects, aiming at enabling the conditions for maturing
the implementation of NbS interventions, while the improvement of the legal and regulatory
framework is also among its main pursuits.
Non-governmental organisation (NGO)
Nature-based Solutions (NbS) are defined by IUCN 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” (see more here).
WWF Greece is developing a project, aiming at mainstreaming NbS in Greece. One of the strategies and
main pillars of the project is the improvement of the legal framework of Greece. Within this strategy the
relevant legal and policy framework in Greece will be mapped in order to identify possible gaps and
barriers, in order to draft proposals for the improvement of the legal and policy framework. The project
aims to improve the institutional framework, to support the relevant decision-making process by the
public authorities and to provide incentives for the adoption of NbS practices.
Gathering data and relevant experience from Europe would be useful for the causes and objectives of the
aforementioned project. The candidate is expected to collect data on legal and policy frameworks that
promote or prevent the implementation of NbS interventions in other European countries. Indicatively,
the following questions should be answered:
- Which is the legal and policy framework in regards to the promotion of NbS (e.g., green infrastructure)
for disaster risk reduction (especially for floods) in other countries?
- Are there any obstacles or gaps that prevent the promotion of NbS?
- What does the relevant legislation provide in regards to the restoration of natural ecosystems (e.g.,
wetlands, flood plains, rivers) in other European countries?
The final deliverable will be a report that will try to answer these questions. The report will also try to
indicate similarities and differences and synthesize some potential proposals to include in the WWF
Greece’s “Mainstreaming NbS” project.
Administrative Law - General
Civil Law - General
Comparative Law - Advanced
Environmental Law - Advanced
English - Fluent
German - Good
French - Good
The candidate should collect data from countries that face significant problems from floods and they are
advanced on NbS issues. Such countries potentially are the Netherlands, Germany, UK, France and Spain
without excluding other cases.
The candidate must be able to have fluent contact with state authorities through email, phone or e-conference platforms.
The candidate will work in close connection with Thanos Giannakakis, NbS Coordinator – WWF Greece.