The global challenges associated with the effects of climate change, population growth and biodiversity loss require a systems-level approach to developing, assessing, and implementing sustainable solutions to ensure the prosperity of both planet and people. Nature-based solutions (NbS) are uniquely placed to deliver multiple benefits at local, regional and landscape level. This short course, developed by Cranfield University together with NbS experts from all around the world, enables professionals with an interest in NbS to broaden their understanding of how they can be applied for improved water quality through integrated land and water management.
The course will illustrate how NbS can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals, either by themselves or in combination with other technologies or strategies. As the world shifts towards net zero, nature recovery and water security targets, being able to assess potential nature-based solutions (NbS) in different contexts will become a key skill for all designers, regulators, consultants, academics, and NGOs involved in environmental studies.
At a glance
- 25 Sep 2023
- Duration8 weeks of instruction + 8 weeks for final assignment
- Cost£850. This includes all course materials, live sessions and web portal access for six months. Concessions available
Once you register, you will have access to the course private portal, where you can access learning materials, the online forum, and contact your instructors and fellow students as you progress.
The course has a mixture of targeted lectures, live hands-on workshops and case studies in video and presentation format, live webinars, and a new, practical assignment every week. Your instructors will be available for answering questions on demand, for the duration of the course. There is a weekly live session with either an invited external speaker (webinars) or to work on integrating concepts in a group setting (workshops). These are optional to attend, with a recording of the session shared in the private portal.
What you will learn
On successful completion of this course you will be able to:
- Describe, contextualise and explain nature-based solutions to technical and non-technical audiences,
- Assess benefits from an economic, social and environmental standpoint,
- Recognise best practice and identify current limitations of nature-based solutions,
- Identify trade-offs of nature-based solutions in different contexts,
- Understand the barriers and enablers for successful implementation of NbS schemes.
- Principles of ecological engineering and NbS context,
- Environmental and economic quantification of NbS benefits,
- Ecosystem services and life cycle analysis,
- The importance of multipurpose designs,
- Treatment wetlands for water and wastewater treatment,
- Sustainable urban drainage systems,
- Green roofs and green walls,
- Natural flood management strategies,
- Ecosystem restoration and biodiversity net gain,
- Integrating NbS in the circular economy,
- Implementation and funding guidance.
- Regenerative agriculture.
Most weekly (optional) live sessions are one hour long, with the exception of the final session lasting 2 hours.
Who should attend
The course is open to delegates from a variety of backgrounds, including environmental scientists, biologists, civil and environmental engineers, and those interested in using ecological principles to solve environmental challenges in urban and rural settings. This is a professional development course that thrives on the diversity of viewpoints and backgrounds, reflecting the varied expertise and context in which NbS can be applied.
This course is accredited by CIWEM
Dr Gabriela Dotro
Dr Robert Grabowski
Professor Jim Harris
Professor Bruce Jefferson
Professor Paul Leinster
Dr Heather Smith
Dr Joanna Zowadzka
Dr Nick Girkin
Dr Adrian Williams
Dr Andrea Momblanch
Dr Tao Lyu
In addition, this course will be supported by a number of external speakers:
Abraham Esteve, Ana Galvao, Anacleto Rizzo, Andrew Freeman, David Schaub-Jones, Diederik Rousseau, Emma Wren, Fabio Masi, Guenter Langergraber, John Williams, Lucille Paltriguera, Marc Naura, Marcus Huband, Matthew Palmer, Mihai Coroi, Sophie Tremolet, Stan Kang, Vit Rous, Marieke Nieuwaal, Nathalie Dorflinger - Danone Waters and Felicia Rhodes.
Discounts are available for Cranfield staff and alumni (20%), IWA (20%), CIWEM, CWA and British Water members (10%).
Join the IWA to access the IWA registration discount.
Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.