Bas is professor of Integral Hydraulic Engineering at Delft University of Technology, in the Netherlands. His work focuses on flood risk reduction and hydraulic infrastructure. He holds a PhD degree from Delft University of Technology and has worked for the Dutch government, Royal HaskoningDHV and UC Berkeley. His research interests include flood risk management, climate adaptation and the performance and design of hydraulic infrastructure systems, such as flood defences, storm surge barriers and naturebased solutions.
Articles By Bas Jonkman
The use of nature and natural processes is an innovative way to increase water safety and create added value through nature development and recreation. This exploratory study provides an initial inventory of the impact and costs of existing Building with Nature projects in the Netherlands. It also includes an analysis of the decision-making process in choosing this type of project and identifies success factors. Building with Nature projects deliver added value but often also involve additional costs compared to traditional reinforcements. These costs give an indication of what we as a society are prepared to pay for the development of nature and recreation as part of hydraulic engineering projects.