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Nature-based Solutions for Stream valleys

Learning targets

Integrating nature-based solutions into stream and river basin management can enhance ecosystem resilience and reduce vulnerability to the impacts of climate change.

Nature-based solutions utilize the sponge effect of a stream valley by restoring wetlands, retaining water, and establishing wooded buffer zones where possible. Stream and river basin management often benefits more from initiating natural processes instead of large technical interferences. Nature-based solutions ensure that the physically stressed environment becomes more balanced.

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In this course, you will engage with the mindset of natural concepts to apply them to the challenges of climate resilience in stream valleys. Various dilemmas in the physical environment, appropriate measures, success factors, and failure factors will be discussed. After completing this course, you will have the tools to comprehensively address a problem, utilizing nature-based solutions where applicable.


The course is practice oriented and a variety of examples and best practices are discussed. In addition to the theoretical component, you will actively engage in analyzing measures and solutions. An excursion is included in the program to witness the effect of nature-based solutions firsthand.


These topics will be covered:

  • Physical environment, land use, dilemmas of stream valleys
  • Nature-oriented approach to climate resilience
  • Sponge effect of a stream valley
  • Conditions for natural functioning
  • Restoration possibilities
  • Success and failure factors
  • Monitoring, maintenance, and management
  • Excursion

Target group

Policy makers, project leaders, nature conservators

Entry level

Vocational level