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

Ecoshape presents Integrated System based asset management: report

10 May 2021

Nature Based Solutions have proved their worth in the past decade. Their use and even necessity is acknowledged by the UN (Climate adaptation Summit J…

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Future brief: the solution is in nature

12 March 2021

The European Commission's Science for Environment Policy published a new Future Brief on Nature Based Solutions (NbS). Nature-based Solutions work wit…

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Demonstrating the value of Building with Nature in practice

03 March 2021

Research findings just revealed by one of the EU North Sea Region Building with Nature partners in Scotland are revealing the true value of taking a s…

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Taking Building with Nature from science to implementation

04 December 2020

Over many years, the Building with Nature (BwN) project has built up a major collection of data, research results and publications on the use of Natur…

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Attend Transnational Exchange Lab

11 November 2020

Take the opportunity and participate in the online Transnational Exchange Lab on November 24, 2020. The event is hosted by the NSR-project IMMERSE and…

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