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

Monitoring crucial for meaningful assessment of Building with Nature innovations

12 April 2019

How can you be sure that an innovative Building with Nature (BwN) measure for levee protection or flood risk reduction is a success? What does it take…

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New video: Building with Nature for coastal protection

04 April 2019

A Building with Nature solution for coastal erosion is to nourish the affected coast line with sand. The Building with Nature project just released a …

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Preferential design chosen for river restoration Kleine Nete (BE)

29 March 2019

Flanders Environment Agency has set up a river restoration program for the Kleine Nete, due to the canalized state of this river. Goals are to create …

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Watch the video on the Eddleston Water Project

25 February 2019

The Eddleston Water Project is one of BwN’s 'living laboratories', helping scientists and policymakers get the evidence they need to make the best dec…

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Nourishment ensures coastal protection of Langeoog (DE)

27 December 2018

Nourishments are an efficient and working method for ensuring coastal protection on the island of Langeoog. The performance of the nourishment is esta…

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