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

Making the case for Nature: IHE Delft summer course teaches essential skills

29 November 2019

How do you justify Nature-Based Solutions for water management when classical engineered solutions based on concrete seem – at least financially – so …

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Best Poster Award IWA-ASPIRE Hong Kong for Building with Nature

07 November 2019

Last week’s IWA-ASPIRE conference in Hong Kong saw IHE Delft’s Tim Busker land the IWA-ASPIRE Best Poster Award with his poster ‘Building with nature …

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Nordic region investigates Nature Based Solutions to adapt to climate change

21 October 2019

Climate change is likely one of the most challenging issues for the world in the near and distant future. As addressed by the IPCC SROCC report in Sep…

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Inauguration of Kleine Nete re-change in Geel (BE)

01 October 2019

On October 8 the inauguration of the re-change of the Kleine Nete river took place. The Flemish Environment Agency recently completed the remodeling o…

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Nature-based solutions make headway in the North Sea Region

01 October 2019

Nature-based solutions to climate change were in focus at last week’s UN Climate Action Summit in New York. The Building with Nature project is one of…

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