The Source, Annual Review 2020

We can show stakeholders that Building with Nature is viable, cost- effective and acceptable to local communities

Building with Nature: Creating, Implementing and Upscaling Nature-Based Solutions

As an active Ecoshape consortium member, we collabo- rated to produce the book Building with Nature: Creating, Implementing and Upscaling Nature-Based Solutions which officially launched at the Climate Adaptation Summit in January 2021. Building with Nature offers a proven, inno- vative approach to creating Nature-based Solutions for water-related infrastructure that harnesses natural forces for the benefit of the environment, economy, and society. The book makes an urgent and compelling case for, and describes how to scale up, the Building with Nature ap- proach to create sustainable infrastructure as well as rich and resilient landscapes.

https://www.wet- tions/building-with-

nature-creating- implementing- and-upscaling- nature-based- solutions/

Children cycling through their local mangrove forest.

of the Water as Leverage for Resilient Cities Initiative, Building with Nature has developed designs that promote a landscape connection with the green belt being restored in Demak. This urban water initiative also runs in Chennai, India and Khulna, Bangladesh. It is pioneered by the Dutch special envoy for international water affairs and won the 2020 Dutch Design Award for best commissioning. The plan now, Keizrul says, is to recruit other governments and to identify one site in each country to pilot Building with Nature solutions such as permeable structures to hold back the tides, “so we can show stakeholders it is viable, cost-effective and acceptable to local communities.” At a workshop in early 2020, on the eve of lockdown, Malaysian planners, academics and government officials identified four potential sites to pilot. “After that, we are looking to quickly scale up to ten or more projects in each country,” Keizrul says. “Our ambition is to benefit tens of millions of people in cities and settlements along vulnerable Asian coasts, lakes, rivers and deltas, by integrating the services nature provides into civil engineering practice.”

Partners The Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF)

The Indonesian Ministry of Public Works and Housing (PU)

EcoShape Witteveen+Bos Deltares Wageningen University & Research UNESCO-IHE TU Delft Von Lieberman Blue Forests Kota Kita Diponegoro University (UNDIP) One Architecture & Urbanism Donors Dutch Postcode Lottery The Dutch Sustainable Water Fund

The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) as part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) Waterloo Foundation Otter Foundation Topconsortia for Knowledge and Innovation

For the entire list see Annex

Building with Nature in muddy coasts delivers multiple community benefits.



Wetlands International Annual Review 2020

Wetlands International Annual Review 2020

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