Flooding is the most important risk for loss of life and economic damage in the North Sea Region. Traditionally hard infrastructure, such as concrete dams or dikes covered with stone are being used to protect us from flooding. Building with Nature is a concept in which natural processes are being used.
In the Interreg project Building with Nature (BwN), partners from the Wadden Sea and beyond discover opportunities for building with, instead of against nature. Scientific research institutions and specialist authorities from Norway, Sweden, Scotland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany participate in this project. The Common Wadden Sea Secretariat (CWSS) is project partner in BwB and responsible to transfer knowledge and new findings for climate change adaptation in the Wadden Sea are from and to the Wadden Sea Board´s Task Group Climate.
At the invitation of the State Office for Coastal Protection, National Park and Marine Protection (LKN), 32 international experts met in Husum from 6 – 8 September 2017 for their 3rd coordination group meeting - among them was Julia Busch, CWSS's new Programme Officer for Emerging Isssues, Science and Data Management. During an excursion to Sylt, the project members were introduced to sand nourishment project of LKN. Egon Baldal, project leader of the Building with Nature project, said: "It is great when international experts exchange so much and are willing to learn from each other. Every coast and every water has its peculiarities, and yet there are parallels on which discussions can build.