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Assessing the socio-economic resilience of nature-based solutions to flood risk

  • 25 March, 2021
  • Wageningen University, Environmental Economics and Natural Resources
  • dr AP Richter

The Dutch main water systems face pressing environmental, economic and societal challenges due to climatic changes and increased human pressure. There is a growing awareness that nature-based solutions (NBS) provide cost effective solutions that simultaneously provide environmental, social and economic benefits and help building resilience.
In spite of being carefully designed, many projects tend to fail along the way or never get implemented in the first place, wasting resources and undermining trust and confidence of practitioners in NBS. Usually, failure can be attributed to a combination of eroding political will, societal opposition and economic uncertainties. While ecological and geological processes are often well understood, there is almost no understanding around societal and economic processes related to NBS.
We address these critical knowledge gaps in this research proposal, using the largest river restoration project of the Netherlands, the Border Meuse (Grensmaas), as a Living Lab. The ultimate aim is to create an integral learning environment as a decision support tool for NBS.

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Sofia Badini

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