During the annual meeting of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), great interest was shown in Dutch approaches to urban nature-based solutions. NWP members Deltares and the City of Rotterdam, joined forces with POSAD to share their experiences with these solutions which can act as a catalyst for cities to become more attractive, liveable and competitive while becoming flood proof and more resilient in the future.
At the invitation of the Consulate General of New York and in cooperation with NWP, the three organisations were selected by ASLA to present and discuss the implementation of urban nature-based solutions in Rotterdam. The main areas of interest from the USA were how to connect research, design and engineering; how nature-based solutions can transform water into leverage; and how to put urban nature-based solutions into practice. The joint presentation can be viewed here.
In addition to the ASLA meeting, Dutch projects were discussed with the Philadelphia Water Department and the newly created The Water Center at PENN. Nature-based approaches to water and infrastructural challenges are considered to have huge potential, as seen in the signing last week of the Water Infrastructure Law in the USA which allocates federal funding to water infrastructure programmes.
For more information on the USA, please contact Mark Niesten, firstname.lastname@example.org. NWP’s activities in the USA fall under the Partners for Water Programme.