Building with Nature
Building with nature is a concept where nature is used to cope with climate change risks, such as floods, waves and sea level rise. It is also called 'nature-based solutions' or 'eco-engineering'. In this dossier you can find news, background information and results from scientists of Wageningen University & Research.
An oyster reef to protect the coast, mangroves or willows in front of the dyke. Slowly but surely, a new insight is gaining ground: hard civil engineering interventions by themselves are not a panacea. Nature seems willing to help us keep the upper hand over the advancing waves and rising sea levels and provides us with new sources of food and income.
- The Netherlands in 2120: Imagine what the world could look like if we start shaping it from a nature-based perspective today?
- Salt marshes: natural surge barriers in front of the dike
- Sand nourishment: a solution for ‘sand starvation’
- Room for the river in densely populated areas
Downloads & Links
- "Weaving dams to defend mangroves", Wageningen World no. 1 2017
- Article online: Nature lends a hand from Wageningen World no. 2 2013
- Flyer: Building with Nature
- Website: EcoShape – Building with Nature
- "Building with Nature gebruikt de natuur bij waterbouw"
Publications on building with nature
The impact of mangroves in small-holder shrimp ponds in south-west Bangladesh on productivity and economic and environmental resilienceAquaculture (2023), Volume: 571 - ISSN 0044-8486
Applicability of the gape monitor to study flat oyster (Ostrea edulis) feeding behaviourAquatic Living Resources (2023), Volume: 36, Issue: 6 - ISSN 0990-7440
Effectiveness of community-based mangrove management for coastal protection : A case study from Central Java, IndonesiaOcean and Coastal Management (2023), Volume: 238 - ISSN 0964-5691
Applicability of the gape monitor to study flat oyster (Ostrea edulis) feeding behaviour
Data & Scripts underlying the publication: Can we enhance ecosystem-based coastal defense by connecting oysters to marsh edges? Analyzing the limits of oyster reef establishment: Utrecht University
Building with Nature - Pilot Kleirijperij : Effecten van biologische bewerkingsmethoden op het rijpen van kleiDen Helder : Wageningen Marine Research (Wageningen Marine Research rapport C058/22) - p.
Into uncharted territories – Subsidence along Africa’s Gulf of Guinea coast?
Seagrass as bioindicator for eutrophication and pollution in the coastal bays of Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands: Wageningen Marine Research - p.
Options for mangrove-friendly alternativelivelihoods in the mangrove ecosystem (Opsi Mata Pencaharian Alternatif di Ekosistem Mangrove yang RamahLinggunkan)IJmuiden : Wageningen Marine Research (Wageningen Marine Research report C075/22) - p.
Identifying trait-based tolerance to sediment dynamics during seedling establishment across eight mangrove speciesLimnology and Oceanography 67 (2022)10. - ISSN 0024-3590 - p. 2281 - 2295.