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

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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Next step in coastal laboratories evidence base on BwN available

08 August 2019

An important step has been made in the building of an evidence base on the effectiveness of Building with Nature solutions in the North Sea region. Pr…

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Summer Course - Greening Risk Reduction with Nature Based Solutions

05 July 2019

Explore the ‘insurance’ value of the environment and how this value can be incorporated into business models for nature based solutions. From July 29 …

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FAIR and BwN banners decorated the Dutch King’s visit to the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde, Germany

06 June 2019

His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands have visited the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünd…

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Long-term measurements and analysis lead to improved Nature Based Solutions

03 May 2019

16.273 scientists from 113 countries where present at EGU General Assembly 2019 in Vienna in the beginning of April. In the session "Natural hazards a…

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