SP 6.5 Increasing resilience through Building with Nature along tropical coasts

 Thursday 12 May, 13.45 – 15.30, Antwerp Room

All across the tropics, coastlines have become increasingly vulnerable. Much of this vulnerability is exacerbated by man-made changes: mangroves are converted, ground water extraction causes soil subsidence and man-made infrastructures interfere with sediment flows. Engineered solutions such as dikes are often expensive and unsustainable. It is time for a new way of working: from fighting nature, to working with nature. This requires an inclusive planning approach combining engineering with restoration of ecosystems.This session explores how the Building with Nature approach can help accomplish these objectives. We will map the drivers to coastal vulnerability in the tropics and explore case examples from rural and urban environments. We will conclude the session discussing requirements to adopt inclusive Building with Nature solutions.

Organised by Pieter van Eijk, Wetlands International
Partners Ecoshape partners
Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Indonesia Panama city administration, Panama
Conservation International
Chair Jane Madgwick, Wetlands International
Rapporteur tbd

Introduction: New challenges require new solutions. The road towards inclusive approaches to coastal zone management
Pieter van Eijk, Wetlands International

Pitch: Building with Nature solutions to address coastal vulnerability along tropical coasts: an overview
Bregje van Wesenbeeck, Deltares, the Netherlands

Opportunities for Building with Nature along rural coastlines: examples from Indonesia
Hendra Siry, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Indonesia

Nature-based solutions for protecting Surinam’s vulnerable coasts
Sieuwnath Naipal, Anton de Kom University, Surinam

Building with Nature in Panama city: a new paradigm for urban development?
Raisa Banfield, Vice Mayor, Panama city, Panama (tbc)

Interview: Building with Nature going global? Business cases for upscaling
Henk Nieboer, Witteveen and Bos/Ecoshape, the Netherlands

Plenary discussion on addressing the barriers to inclusive coastal zone management