Tuesday, November 5, 2019
01:30 PM to 02:45 PM
Location: Amsterdam RAI
  • Chair - Henk Nieboer, EcoShape
Session: Nature-based solutions for building resilience in communities

Organisations involved: Van Oord, EcoShape, NWO-Urbanizing Deltas of the World

Water insecurities and climatic challenges are priorities for urban resilience worldwide. However, the effects of uncertainty, risk and involvement in the development of solutions, are often unevenly distributed across stakeholders and society. Nature-based solutions (NBS) are proposed as a more holistic and inclusive approach to address such challenges and provide multiple co-benefits for society. Economic and societal feasibility of NBS is based on several preconditions, such as sufficient knowledge and systems understanding, legislative requirements but also stakeholder and social inclusiveness. During the session focus will be laid on the latter: what are potential perspectives to provide such social inclusiveness?

Within the marine infrastructure market, many initiatives, including Van Oord’s Sustainable Earth Actions (S.E.A.), have been undertaken to demonstrate the ambitions for innovation, sustainability and collaboration. Nevertheless, the sector still faces issues in implementing NBS, possibly due to the limited potential to enhance social inclusiveness during the later stages of infrastructure development, which is dominated by tender requests and permit requirements that limit flexibility. On the other side of the spectrum, community-based solutions take the bottom-up perspective: the identification of potential (NBS) approaches to address water challenges that are driven by local actors. This constitutes a fundamental change in thinking and planning of water actors involved.

This Thematic Session on Nature-Based Solutions & Social Inclusiveness discuss both sides of this spectrum to kick-start a discussion on using and improving social inclusiveness regarding NBS alternatives. In various round tables potential approaches to include social actors and develop better, more resilient NBS are discussed.

 

 

 


Thematic session

Location: Amsterdam RAI
Room: E108

Add to Agenda 05 November 2019 13:30 05 November 2019 14:45 Europe/Amsterdam Nature-based solutions for building resilience in communities

Organisations involved: Van Oord, EcoShape, NWO-Urbanizing Deltas of the World

Water insecurities and climatic challenges are priorities for urban resilience worldwide. However, the effects of uncertainty, risk and involvement in the development of solutions, are often unevenly distributed across stakeholders and society. Nature-based solutions (NBS) are proposed as a more holistic and inclusive approach to address such challenges and provide multiple co-benefits for society. Economic and societal feasibility of NBS is based on several preconditions, such as sufficient knowledge and systems understanding, legislative requirements but also stakeholder and social inclusiveness. During the session focus will be laid on the latter: what are potential perspectives to provide such social inclusiveness?

Within the marine infrastructure market, many initiatives, including Van Oord’s Sustainable Earth Actions (S.E.A.), have been undertaken to demonstrate the ambitions for innovation, sustainability and collaboration. Nevertheless, the sector still faces issues in implementing NBS, possibly due to the limited potential to enhance social inclusiveness during the later stages of infrastructure development, which is dominated by tender requests and permit requirements that limit flexibility. On the other side of the spectrum, community-based solutions take the bottom-up perspective: the identification of potential (NBS) approaches to address water challenges that are driven by local actors. This constitutes a fundamental change in thinking and planning of water actors involved.

This Thematic Session on Nature-Based Solutions & Social Inclusiveness discuss both sides of this spectrum to kick-start a discussion on using and improving social inclusiveness regarding NBS alternatives. In various round tables potential approaches to include social actors and develop better, more resilient NBS are discussed.

 

 

 

E108 - Amsterdam RAI