ISBAM 2: a methodology for sustainable nature-based water management

We would like to share with you our newly published paper, ISBAM 2: a methodology for sustainable nature-based water management. This paper is a continuation on the paper we published a year ago introducing the concept of Integrated System-based Asset Management (ISBAM): the business case for scaling up Building with Nature in the Netherlands.

ISBAM is a system-wide methodology that can be used to  manage water assets and results in sustainable , long-term benefits. A crucial feature of the ISBAM mindset is the conscious choice to work with and not against nature, proactively embracing the dynamics of the system. A system-based approach includes Nature-based Solutions (NbS). NbS have demonstrated that they can deliver multiple direct and indirect system benefits.

In line with the previous paper, this approach follows our six enablers. Of those technical, adaptive monitoring and management, multi-stakeholder and business case likely predominant in the establishing trajectory at program level. Capacity building and, potentially, institutional embedding prevail at mainstreaming level.

This paper presents an approach to achieve ISBAM as a standard methodology in water management. This includes two intersecting pathways: establishing ISBAM at a program level; and mainstreaming ISBAM across programs.

The paper was produced in collaboration with Deltares, Royal HaskoningDHV and Rijkswaterstaat and was partially funded by Rijkswaterstaat.

Read the paper.

Learn more about the enablers.

Authors: Luca Sittoni (Deltares), Stanford Wilson (RWS WVL), Jurre de Vries (RWS WVL)

Illustrations: Joost Fluitsma

This paper is based on the input and review of: Quirijn Lodder (RWS), Ralph Schielen (RWS), Dick Boland (RWS), Arjan Hijdra (RWS), Erik Evers (RWS), Jantsje van Loon-Steensma (Wageningen University and Research), Judith Klostermann (Wageningen University and Research), Fred Haarman (Royal Haskoning DHV), Han Knoeff (Deltares), Alex Hekman (SWECO)