Watch our webinar series about Building with Nature

Climate change and biodiversity loss urge us towards sustainable development. Are you ready to take a decisive step together? To make our cities, coasts and infrastructures adaptive and resilient? Then Building with Nature is your answer! Related to the Building with Nature national and international book launches on 22 October 2020 and 25 January 2021, EcoShape organized a webinar series ‘Upscaling Building with Nature together’.

Set, take and share the stage

Experts with hands- on project experience will explain and discuss with you six enablers that are critical to make a building with nature project successful. 

With these enablers, you are ready to SET, TAKE and SHARE the stage for Building with Nature projects towards sustainable development.

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Multi-stakeholder approach

Hosts: Luca Sittoni (EcoShape and Deltares) and Sophie de Reus (Royal HaskoningDHV)


  • Martin Baptist (Wageningen Marine Research) & Emiel Hakvoort (Province of Groningen): general introduction to the enabler of multi-stakeholder approach with reference to the IUCN. Application to Eems-Dollard and Marconi project.
  • Apri Susanto & Pieter van Eijk (Wetlands International): the Biorights concept and the lessons learned of Biorights in Demak, Indonesia.
  • Justine Shapiro-Kline & Matthijs Bouw (One Architecture USA): the east Harlem Resiliency Study.

Business case

Hosts: Luca Sittoni (EcoShape and Deltares) and Sophie de Reus (Royal HaskoningDHV)


  • Stéphanie IJff (Deltares): principles of BwN business case and lessons learned from 12 years of EcoShape and beyond.
  • Bart van der Kolk (Groningen Seaports): the ED2050 (beneficial sediment use) business case, a private party perspective.
  • Maurice de Kok (van Oord): the business case of project Saly, Senegal and / or Moin, Costa Rica.
  • Henk Nieboer (EcoShape): about the finalization of the EcoShape 2.0 program and the next steps.

Technology and system knowledge

Hosts: Simeon Moons and Belinda Bertonshaw (both Royal Haskoning DHV)

  • Jurre de Vries (Van Oord) about the EcoShape platform as a source of Building with Nature knowledge
  • Arjen Luijendijk (Deltares) about analyzing the system with innovative tools such as satellite imagery and datasets.
  • Tom Wilms (Witteveen+Bos) about his first-hand experience with system understanding of the mangrove coast in Demak, Indonesia
  • Questions from audience and discussion
    Short break

Adaptive management, maintenance and monitoring

Hosts: Simeon Moons and Belinda Bertonshaw (both Royal Haskoning DHV)


  • Ellis Penning (Deltares) about dealing with uncertainty: Building with Nature solutions are flexible and adaptable and can move with uncertainties.
  • Petra Dankers (RoyalHaskoning DHV about her experience as project leader of the Marconi pioneer salt marsh experiment in Delfzijl, Netherlands
  • Irena Doets (Boskalis) about Adaptive Management at the Adelaide channel widening works, adjacent to seagrass meadows.
  • Questions from audience and discussion

Capacity Building

Hosts: Fokko van der Goot & Lies Huitema
Guests: Erik van Eekelen, Henk Nieboer, Bouke Ottow and Roel Bosma

Institutional embedding

Hosts: Fokko van der Goot & Lies Huitema
Contributions: Stéphanie IJff (Deltares), Egon Baldal (Rijkswaterstaat) and Nathalie Doswald (UN Environment programme)

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