Nature-based Solutions for Water and Land Management

Cranfield University Nature-based Solutions; NBS

Target Audience

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.

If you plan to attend the course, you should submit your application early as this course has a limited space capacity and "seats" are distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

IWA members can enjoy a 20% discount for this course.
EARLY BIRD registration ends on 21 JAN 2021
REGISTRATION ends on18 FEB 2021
NBS course 2021 timetable:


With the ever-increasing need to deliver sustainable solutions for water and land management worldwide, 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.

The course is primarily delivered online and can be completed at your own pace. Estimated commitment is 4-5 hours per week, but you can do as much or as little as you wish. At the suggested commitment, you should be able to complete it within 2 months. 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, tutorials on key techniques and expert knowledge from the field, live webinars, and a new, practical assignment every week. Your instructors will be available for live Q&A sessions every week, for the duration of the course.

- Principles of ecological engineering,
- Regulatory, social, environmental and economic drivers,
- The importance of multipurpose designs,
- Environmental and economic quantification of NBS benefits,
- Ecosystem services accounting and life cycle analysis,
- Treatment wetlands for wastewater treatment,
- Technologies for urban and rural water management,
- Sustainable urban drainage systems,
- Green roofs and walls,
- Industrial wastewater treatment with NBS,
- Municipal wastewater treatment with NBS,
- Natural flood management,
- Ecosystem restoration,
- Environmental connectivity and wildlife corridors,
- Integrating NBS in the circular economy.

Learning Objectives

On completion of the course, delegates will be able to:

- Describe, contextualise and explain nature-based solutions to technical and non-technical audiences,
- Quantify benefits from an economic, social and environmental standpoint,
- Recognise best practice and identify current limitations of nature-based solutions,
- Identify trade-offs of key nature-based solutions examples.

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