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

Scientists present findings at Water project science day in Edinburgh

Friday, May 18, 2018
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The Scottish Government hosted an EU Interreg Eddleston Water project science day on 26 April in Edinburgh. Scientists involved with the project came …

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Debate to overcome barriers

Friday, May 18, 2018
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Why are Building with Nature measures not implemented more frequently? There are a lot of good examples when it comes to Building with Nature. The Uni…

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Building with Nature present at EGU2018 in Vienna

Thursday, April 26, 2018
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The Building with Nature project presented itself during the 2018 General Assembly of the EGU (European Geoscience Union). This massive conference wit…

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The World Water Development Report 2018 just released

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
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The 2018 edition of the World Water Development Report (WWDR 2018) seeks to inform policy and decision-makers, inside and outside the water community,…

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Working with Natural Processes: the evidence behind natural flood management

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
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The UK repeatedly experienced severe flooding in recent years. This has raised the profile of Natural Flood Management (NFM) creating a prominent disc…

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