QWP - Building with Nature - Examples from Australia and Abroad

Start time: 1:30pm AEST. Explore the Building with Nature (BwN) concept and various practical applications of it using examples from within Australia and abroad.
QWP - Building with Nature - Examples from Australia and Abroad

Explore the Building with Nature (BwN) concept and various practical applications of it using examples from within Australia and abroad.

Each of the presenters will delve into different aspects of Building with Nature using real-world examples from their respective fields.

This presentation will also feature an interactive Q&A for attendees.


Speakers and their Topics

Simone De Kleermaeker | Deltares

Simone will introduce Building with Nature (BwN) and provide two examples: one riverine and one coastal. BwN means proactively maximising the use of natural processes to improve life in delta regions while nature helps to keep coasts, river areas and cities safe and viable. BwN solutions are also referred to as nature-based solutions (NBS), and they are generally implemented in combination with traditional grey solutions with the proportion of green-to-grey depending on the system in question.

Examples of green-grey solutions include vegetation or salt marshes in front of sea or river dikes, the beneficial use of naturally ripened dredged material for use in civil infrastructure, or the establishment of city parks that are connected to the natural river basin or tidal dynamics.

Nature-based solutions are intrinsically multidisciplinary: ecology, biology and sediment sciences interact with financial models and multi-stakeholder analysis. As a result, these types of solutions are also naturally sustainable, circular and resilient.


Daniel Rodger | JBPacific

Daniel will present the different approaches being used to simulate nature-based coastal flood and erosion techniques so they can be included in options assessment, cost-benefit assessments and designed at a local scale. He will present three case studies that are implementing nature-based coastal approaches, comparing the initiatives being led internationally with those in Australia:

  • Suriname (South America) Coastal and Flood Resilience Project (World Bank)
  • Vietnam Integrated Coastal Resilience Project (World Bank)
  • Queensland Coastal Hazard Resilience Strategies


Marjolein Oram | City of Gold Coast

Marjolein will present a unique foreshore stabilisation project she helped develop and implement in a tidal foreshore environment whereby the naturalised erosion protection works were constructed in a tidal foreshore environment. Hardwood instream structures consisting of re-purposed trees together with systematic revegetation of the bank are protecting the riverbank while creating multiple environmental benefits.

City of Gold Coast’s catchment management unit has undertaken several rehabilitation projects of local creeks to protect and improve the health of the city’s waterways.


Facilitated by Cara van Megchelen | Senior Water Resources Engineer, Cardno

Cara is a civil and environmental engineer and active panel member on the Engineers Australia Queensland Water Panel. She is passionate about BwN and NBS solutions after seeing these types of solutions effectively implemented in coastal and riverine areas while completing an MSc in the Netherlands. 

27 / 05 / 2020 - 01:30 pm to 03:00 pm
Registration Closes
27 / 05 / 2020 01:30 pm
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  • Student Member Rate: $0.00 ($0.00 excl. GST)
  • Non-Member Rate: $30.00 ($27.27 excl. GST)
Key Speaker(s)
Simone De Kleermaeker, Daniel Rodger
Engineers Australia
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