Flooding is the most important risk for loss of life and economic damage in the North Sea Region. Traditionally hard infrastructure such as concrete dams or dikes covered with stone are being used to protect us from flooding. Building with Nature is a concept in which natural processes are being used.
Building with Nature is an emerging complementary concept. In this concept, natural processes help to keep us safe against coastal erosion and flooding. One of the examples is giving rivers more space and restoring natural riverbanks, or stimulating vegetation growth to break the force of incoming waves. Both nature and people benefit from these solutions.
Opportunities for Building with Nature
To date, the concept of Building with Nature has been piloted on a small scale in a few countries, but opportunities are everywhere and yet unseized. The aim of the project is to develop knowledge about Building with Nature through pilot projects to stimulate the application of this concept by European Governments.
Partners of the Building with Nature project
In the Building with Nature project, partners from The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Scotland work together. They will demonstrate solutions at seven coastal sites and at six sites in estuaries, rivers and lakes.
Latest Project News
River catchments have been subjected to human adaptations for centuries. These often had to do with the delivery of tangible benefits, such as the sup…Read more
Increased river flood frequency is considered a major risk under climate change. Protecting vulnerable communities is, therefore, a key public policy …Read more
To prevent effects of erosion along the coast, the County board of the province of Scania (Länsstyrelsen Skåne) has developed a planning tool. This al…Read more
The Building with Nature project submitted a short video for the video competition of the Interreg North Sea Region program. From ten entries this vid…Read more
Due to the canalized state of the Kleine Nete river, Flanders Environment Agency has set up a river restoration program. Goals are to create more wate…Read more