Best Poster Award IWA-ASPIRE Hong Kong for Building with Nature
Building with Nature is a new approach to water engineering that harnesses the forces of nature, rather than working against them. Tim’s work used data from a range of case studies to demonstrate how effective this can be in reducing the risk of coastal and river flooding compared to so-called “grey” solutions - traditional interventions that rely on building hard infrastructures to keep nature at bay.
Tim’s work flags up a series of key points which will need to be addressed when adopting this approach in the future.
“It’s important to create a solid evidence base, understand the local context, and make a compelling business case,” Tim explains. He also stresses that in the longer term it will be important to adopt the approach into local and national legislation.
Tim Busker is a researcher and project coordinator in Flood Resilience at IHE Delft. He is also partner in the Building with Nature project.