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Governance assessment and scoping


The text of this building solution is based on the governance section in this Guideline. The feasibility of a BwN-approach depends on the translation of societal concerns and interests into engineering designs. BwN-proponents should therefore make contact with relevant actors and stakeholders and involve them in their considerations. Moreover, they must be aware of the prevailing laws and regulations. Strategy formation on how and when to connect the engineering and design process with society should be an integral part of BwN. Note that there is no single strategy that will be successful in all cases. An effective participatory process adapts to the institutional and policy contexts and is tailor-made. Generally speaking, participation of actors (governors, civil servants, consultants, constructors and administrators) and stakeholders (persons, groups and NGOs that have a stake, and interest that might be influenced by the initiative/project) in preparatory activities will offer the best opportunities to promote BwN-principles and alternatives. The governance context may also provide useful information on advantages, important triggers or disadvantages, stumbling-blocks for the project, items that need to be addressed in order to practically realise Building with Nature ideas, at all. 

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How to Use

As the feasibility of BwN-approaches depends critically on the connection with society and decision makers, the following governance aspects need to be considered:

  • Stakeholder Network Management: how to connect? – Serious success factors for BwN are: understanding the basic mechanisms of decision making; consciously involving crucial organizations and networks; and using credible arguments in interaction.
  • Regulatory context: how to handle regulations strategically? – BwN interventions shall be scanned against rules and regulations for risks and opportunities and to anticipate differences in procedures timely. 
  • Knowledge context: how to create a strategy? – BwN solutions are generally supported with expert knowledge in order to investigate enabling and constraining knowledge factors for realizing a BwN design, including handling uncertainties through assistance by knowledge providers?
  • Realisation framework: how to arrange realisation? - Organisational aspects of the realisation of BwN within a concrete project environment need to be understood: how to build organisational and contractual arrangements which support the realisation of BwN-type projects.


Practical Applications

In this section the most important governance lessons learned from a number of Building with Nature pilot experiments in different environments are summarised. For more information on the Building with Nature cases we refer to the case description pages.

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