The applied research conducted by the Nature Based River Management group focuses on the transition challenges associated with climate change and sustainable river and stream management. The group’s objective is for its research and teaching to contribute to the application of nature-based solutions (NBS) to create a climate-resilient and sustainable Dutch river delta.
This includes looking specifically at the natural adaptive capacity of river and stream systems, and designing sustainable nature-based solutions (NBS) as measures to mitigate the impacts and causes of climate change and other important societal challenges, such as biodiversity loss and environmental pollution. Both the positive and negative effects of NBS on issues such as water safety, nature, the environment, recreation, and social and economic conditions are important research topics within the applied research group. The research also looks at river basin systems in their entirety.
The applied research group covers the following research lines:
The aim is to develop guidelines for the application of NBRM and NBS to sustainability policy objectives.
Jantsje M. van Loon-Steensma graduated from Wageningen University in 1993 with a degree in Environmental Hygiene, specialising in Water Quality and Aquatic Ecology. She then worked on ecological projects for the Institute for Inland Water Management and Waste Water Treatment (RIZA) through a small consultancy, and served as secretary for the first Integrated Water Management Plan Groningen – Drenthe at the Groningen provincial authority. After a spell in Costa Rica, she joined Wageningen University’s Science Shop, supervising research projects based on issues raised by civil society organisations. She then moved to the Environmental Sciences Group at Wageningen University where her work included coordinating Wageningen UR’s climate research programme and the national Knowledge for Climate Research Programme. She researched a variety of innovative dike designs for the Wadden Region Delta Programme, and in 2014 she obtained a PhD on ‘Salt marshes for flood protection; long-term adaptation by combining functions in flood defences’. As an assistant professor, she then taught and conducted research in climate adaptation and nature-based flood protection.
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