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Building with nature: mainstreaming the concept
de Vriend, H.J. (2014). Building with nature: mainstreaming the concept, in: Lehfeldt, R. et al. (Ed.) ICHE 2014: 11th International Conference on Hydroscience & Engineering. "Hydro-Engineering for Environmental Challenges”: 28 september - 2 october 2014, Hamburg, Germany. pp. 29-36
In: Lehfeldt, R.; Kopmann, R. (Ed.) (2014). ICHE 2014: 11th International Conference on Hydroscience & Engineering. "Hydro-Engineering for Environmental Challenges”: 28 september - 2 october 2014, Hamburg, Germany. Bundesanstalt für Wasserbau: Hamburg. ISBN 978-3-939230-32-8.

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Author keywords
    Building with nature; Soft engineering; Green engineering

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  • de Vriend, H.J.

Abstract
    Building with nature (BwN) is a pro-active approach to meet the demand for hydraulic engineering infrastructures. Instead of assessing and mitigating a posteriori the environmental impacts of a set design, it considers nature as an integral part of the design right from the start of the project development process. It utilizes natural processes and provides opportunities for nature as part of the infrastructure development and operation. After a first phase of ‘showing that it works’ in a number of pilot projects, time has come to introduce the BwN-ideas into the mainstream of hydraulic engineering (‘make it happen’). A number of example projects are described and lessons learned are given. The general conclusion is that BwN is increasingly being applied in practice, but that there are many non-technical hurdles and pitfalls.

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