Building with Nature

Building with Nature

Climate change increases the risk of flooding in the North Sea region, due to rising sea levels, increased river discharge and heavier rainfall. This endangers the people and the economy of the North Sea region. New situations call for new measures.

The 'Building with Nature' project investigates solutions that use natural processes and materials to work with nature rather than against it. In this research in the North Sea region, we are investigating the technical, financial and governance aspects in order to add these unconventional techniques to our toolbox to keep the Netherlands dry.


The overall objective of the project is to make the coast, estuaries and catchment areas in the North Sea region more flexible and resilient to the effects of climate change.

To date, the Building with Nature concept has been tested on a small scale in a few countries, but there are opportunities everywhere that have not yet been exploited. The aim of the project is to develop knowledge about Building with Nature through pilot projects in order to stimulate the application of this concept by European governments. These pilot projects are taking place at 7 coastal locations and at 6 locations in rivers and lakes in the North Sea area.

Rijkswaterstaat is applying the knowledge from the Building with Nature project to its own flood defences

Project period

2015 – 2021

European programme

Interreg VB North Sea Region

Project website

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