Challenges in developing 'building-with-nature' solutions near tidal inlets

Kathelijne Wijnberg, Jan Mulder, Jill Slinger, Mick van der Wegen, Ad van der Spek

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In the ‘Building-with-Nature’(BwN) philosophy, the focus of erosion control no longer is predominantly on counteracting destructive forces, but just as much on stimulating constructive forces. It implies a shift towards a pro-active approach, implying that BwN interventions require a long-term perspective and understanding of the coastal system at a large scale. Furthermore, BwN solutions also require understanding of the social system of stakeholders involved in the coastal problem. It is the interaction between these two that creates a series of challenges for BwN, including the necessity to consider multiple scales in both coastal system and social system and the linkages between them. We argue that a way to meet those challenges may be found in a collaborative design approach (codesign), in which systems understanding is shared between all stakeholders involved in the BwN solution. This approach will be practiced and analyzed for its effectiveness in the CoCoChannel project.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCoastal Sediments 2015
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Coastal Sediments 2015, 11-16 May 2015, San Diego, USA
EditorsPing Wang, Julie D. Rosati, Jun Cheng
Place of PublicationWashington, DC
PublisherWorld Scientific
ISBN (Print)978-981-4689-96-0
Publication statusPublished - 11 May 2015
EventCoastal Sediments 2015 - Washington D.C., San Diego, United States
Duration: 11 May 201516 May 2015


ConferenceCoastal Sediments 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Other11-05-2015 - 16-05-2015


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