Building for Nature project

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Figure 1: Illustration of a 'rich' dike (Ruth Hengeveld).

Building for Nature (BfN) stands for creating an ecosystem by means of applying materials that enhance natural values through their form. The goal of the project Building for Nature is to investigate materials that stimulate natural values for the construction of dikes and foreshores, while maintaining the hydraulic engineering functions. These materials can at the same time enhance joint use, like diving, fishing and cultivation of oysters and mussels. The Dutch coast, especially the coast in the Southwest Delta, offers a vast potential with several hundred kilometers dikes and enforced foreshores that create a 'rocky coast' with interesting and divers ecological communities, like algae, shellfish and foraging birds. Dike managers don't have sufficient knowledge of materials that maximally exploit this potential. Furthermore, the scientific knowledge is developing rapidly of which materials and which forms will deliver the highest natural values. The RAAK-PRO project is aimed at executing applied research and thereby develop new knowledge and expertise about Building for Nature: new processes of design and construction for dikes and foreshores, which create added value for nature and joint use, besides safety. You can find more information in the (Dutch) project plan Building for Nature: innovatie van dijken en vooroevers.

A summary of the project and its organisation can be seen on this page (in Dutch)


References to relevant literature are made in the text on the pages.
An overview of reports and articles of the project can be seen at this page.


Underneath you'll find a so called 'concept map' of the Building for Nature project. This concept map follows the consecutive steps in the execution of the project. The nodes in the concept have been made clickable, in order to access the information behind each node. The researchers will fill the pages with information during the term of the project.

Bfn Aim of Building for Nature project VN Bfn Summary Building for Nature applications VN Bfn Designing and researching ecoblock revetments VN Bfn Designing and researching ecological potential mastic asphalt VN Bfn Desiging and researching ecological potential foreshore rubble VN Bfn Conclusions ecoblock revetments VN Bfn Conclusions mastic asphalt VN Bfn Conclusions foreshore rubble VN Bfn Researching and designing solid dike revetments to increase natural values VN Bfn Literature review oyster cultivation on dykes VN Bfn Design and installation VN Bfn Knowledge gap oyster production on dykes VN Bfn Data collection and data analysis VN Bfn Conclusion oyster cultivation on dykes VN Bfn Oyster production on dykes VN Bfn Building for Nature project VNHoofdmap_BfN_Engels v20171004
Over deze afbeelding
HZ University of Applied Sciences
Delta Academy
Rijkswaterstaat, Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Milieu
Projectbureau Zeeweringen
Waterschap Scheldestromen
Provincie Zeeland