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

Handbook for Building with Nature

Friday, September 21, 2018
Sustainable NSR

A delegation of Rijkswaterstaat in cooperation with the American partner US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is currently working on an international h…

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IHE Delft strengthens water management skills through summer courses

Thursday, August 9, 2018
Sustainable NSR

Nature Based Solutions (NbS) is an emerging concept that covers a range of approaches and technologies that use natural processes to address societal …

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Managing catchments by researching historical changes

Thursday, July 5, 2018
Sustainable NSR

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…

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New study on flood benefits alongside other benefits

Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Sustainable NSR

Increased river flood frequency is considered a major risk under climate change. Protecting vulnerable communities is, therefore, a key public policy …

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Scania investigates coast to address problems with erosion

Monday, June 25, 2018
Sustainable NSR

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…

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