Water is a driving force in the configuration of our living environment. Water is the main sculptor of landscapes. In the Sustainable Water Management programme, we use our knowledge about the role and characteristics of water in our landscapes to create Nature-Based Solutions that help to make our water systems and living environment more resilient and future-proof. And to preserve all its functions. Key is that sustainable land use should follow the water system, because striving to the most natural water system possible (including soils) is the path for resilience.
How can nature help?
Wageningen Environmental Research always starts with nature-based solutions: how can nature help with a social problem in a way that positively affects it in return? How can water benefit society? Water has a will of its own, which can be used to shape the landscape. An example of this is “Ruimte voor de rivieren” (room for the rivers), where improving flood safety and the quality of the landscape go hand in hand.
Wageningen Environmental Research offers solutions and research into:
- Integrated and nature-based solutions (nature-based solutions)
- Innovations in land use, water landscapes, and ecosystems
- Optimisation of ecosystem services (services provided by nature to society, such as cooling, clean drinking water, recreation, etc.)
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