Summer Course - Greening Risk Reduction with Nature Based Solutions

This Summer Course explores the ‘insurance’ value of the environment and how this value can be incorporated into business models for nature based solutions.

Course content

Nature Based Solutions (NBS) is an emerging concept. It covers a range of approaches and technologies, which use natural processes to address societal challenges. Of particular relevance are applications in the field of water management, such as in coastal/river flood protection, water resources management, stormwater management, water supply, wastewater treatment and pollution prevention. Their success is related to good performance on primary objectives, co-benefits for other objectives and (in many cases) low operation and maintenance costs. Nature Based Solutions, when well designed, will result in multiple benefits for the environment, society and economy. They can also promote a green and circular economy, because they close the loop of water management and make connections between healthy ecosystems and social/economic development challenges.

The course explores the ‘insurance’ value of the environment and how this value can be incorporated into business models for nature based solutions. The premise of the course is that nature based solutions (NBS) can mitigate the impact of a potential water-related hazard (floods and droughts). This reduces expected damage cost to people and property, which can include both insured and uninsured assets, as well as wider impacts (e.g. business interruption etc.) which are often not accounted for in damage costs assessments. This 5 day course will start with the state of the art in novel approaches for green risk reduction using NBS. It will provide concrete examples of implemented NBS around the world, zooming in on the particular case of Room for the River in the Netherlands.

At the end of the course participants will debate and create a business model for a hypothetical case study, as well as interact with course participants by sharing ideas and providing feedback. The supporting activities for these outcomes will enable them to build the necessary skills to continue the discussion of environmental insurance after the course ends.

The programme is organized into 4 main topics.

  1. Introduction to NBS and novel approaches to green risk reduction (day 1)
  2. Steps to Implementing NBS (day 2)
  3. Experiences from case studies around the world; comparative analysis (day 3)
  4. Insurance value of the environment: business case builder (day 4-5)


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