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

Nourishment ensures coastal protection of Langeoog (DE)

27 December 2018
Sustainable NSR

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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New analysis on nourishment performance in Denmark

21 December 2018
Sustainable NSR

One of the benefits of nourishments as a means of coastal protection is the fact that they blend into the natural environment. In turn, this means tha…

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Map service available for regional planning in Scania (SE)

17 December 2018
Sustainable NSR

The County Administrative Board of Scania, Sweden has compiled geographical information related to water and climate in a map service. The map service…

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Shoreface migration Dutch coast decreases after nourishments

14 December 2018
Sustainable NSR

The MsC thesis by David Barmentloo shows that shoreface migration along the Dutch coast is decreasing or stagnating after nourishments. However, no co…

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Evaluating Nature Based Solutions

07 December 2018
Sustainable NSR

The Building with Nature project recently published a report on the importance of evaluating Nature Based Solutions (NBS). A qualitative evaluation fr…

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