Building with Nature is an innovative approach that combines natural processes with innovative engineering methods to realise sustainable projects. Permeable dams are being utilised as part of a Building with Nature solution to help restore the eroding mangrove-mud coast of the Demak district in central Java, Indonesia.
When you think out of the box, science and engineering can lead to practical solutions for both the protection of nature and sustainable economic developments.
Biogeomorphological Interactions on a Nourished Tidal Flat: Lessons Learnt from Building With Nature
Worldwide the total area of tidal flats is decreasing as a result of sea level rise, subsidence by gas extraction and erosion initiated by artificial constructions. This IADC Award winning paper examines whether nourishment programmes might be part of the solution.
Decision-making for infrastructure depends on a mix of local culture, the political situation and uncertainties related to the project’s complexity. To explain the process of gaining the confidence of stakeholders, two cases of “Building with Nature” in the Netherlands are presented.
Although this approach was first applied in the Netherlands, it has gradually been recognised worldwide as a harmonious means of creating land areas for living, working, tourism & recreation, and infrastructure, whilst ensuring the preservation or expansion of valuable environmental resources, nature and landscape. In addition, climate change resulting in sea-level rise, more frequent and intense storm-surges are taken into account, as well as land subsidence and salt water intrusion.