Case studies

The Interreg North Sea Region project Building with Nature supports the practical implementation of Nature Based Solutions, by a scientific evidence base through performance monitoring at 13 natural catchments and coastal laboratories. National and local authorities as well as experts from practice and academics have gathered around these laboratories to share and develop knowledge and experiences of Building with Nature solutions. BwN-based solutions will be demonstrated at seven coastal target sites in the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Sweden and at six catchment scale sites in Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden and Scotland. The coastal laboratories assess the effectiveness of foreshore and beach nourishments to reduce coastal erosion and flood risk. The river catchment laboratories reduce river flood risk and create natural habitats and recreational areas simultaneously. Furthermore, this project uses these living laboratories as examples for creating an evidence base for selecting sites, designing measures and calculating the costs, benefits and effectiveness of measures with a view to ultimately generating business cases.

Building with Nature case studies

Learn more about the case studies by clicking on them via the links below or visit the interactive project map.

Coastal cases

The coastal laboratories assess the effectiveness of foreshore and beach nourishments to reduce coastal erosion and flood risk.

The Netherlands

Belgium

Germany

Sweden

Denmark

Catchment studies

The river catchment laboratories reduce river flood risk and create natural habitats and recreational areas simultaneously.

The Netherlands

Belgium

Sweden

Scotland