Building wIth Nature
In co-operation with Royal HaskoningDHV and the Institute of Marine Sciences and Fisheries of the University of Chittagong, WUR contributed to the Deltaplan for Bangladesh, an interactive integrated plan for a futureproof and climate resilient Bangladesh. NBS was one of the underlying principles for the deltaplan. WUR was involved in a pilot project in Bangladesh to explore the potential of an oyster reef to protect the coast. Eco engineering can be used to protect the coast of Bangladesh. Every year, floods wash away the earthen dikes along the Bangladeshi coast. A barrier could be built in the sea to break the waves. Natural processes could be used to help build this barrier, researchers from Wageningen and other institutions have shown. Nature seems willing to help us keep the upper hand over the advancing waves and rising sea levels and providing us with new sources of food and income.