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Case study demonstrating one or more elements of Working with Nature

General information

1. Name of navigation or waterborne transport infrastructure project *

2. Country *

3. Project location (nearest town or city)

4. Key project objectives (i.e. why was there a requirement for a navigation or waterborne transport infrastructure project of some kind?) *


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Contact Person *

Contact E-mail *

Contact Phone

Position *

Organisation *

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Project data

5. Characteristics of environment *

6. Key project dates *

Date planning started
Date approval was obtained
Date construction started
Date project was completed

7. Type of project *



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8. Brief description of project *


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9. Indicative size of project based on total project cost *



Working with Nature philosophy

10.a. Were steps taken to understand the environment before any work was started on the development of the design of the project?

If yes, please briefly explain what was done or how this was achieved


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10.b. Were stakeholders or potential partners involved from the very beginning in the initial process of identifying potential options or solutions and agreeing on a preferred option (i.e. instead of being consulted on already defined options)?

If yes, please explain who was involved and how this was achieved


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10.c. Was a solution identified which provided a clear ‘win-win’?

If yes, please explain how the project also met other objectives (e.g. nature conservation, flood risk management, fisheries, recreation, etc.) and what was achieved


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10.d. Was the project designed to work with and make use of natural processes (e.g. ‘letting nature do the work’)?

If yes, please briefly explain what was done or how this was achieved


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10.e. Did the project include benefits for nature or other environmental enhancements beyond what was legally required?

If yes, please explain what was achieved and how


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10.f. Did the project follow, in order, the steps described in the Working with Nature Position Paper?

  • Establish project objectives
  • Understand environment
  • Involve stakeholders
  • Begin initial project design

If yes, please explain how this was achieved and what difficulties, if any, were experienced


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11. If you answered yes to any of the above questions, please explain your reasons/motivation for taking this approach


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12. What were the cost implications of adopting the elements of Working with Nature discussed above? Please highlight any of the options that applies and provide a brief explanation.

Costs were lower than the conventional approach to this type of project (i.e. cost savings were made)


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Additional funds were provided from third parties


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No extra costs compared to conventional approach


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Costs were marginally or significantly higher than a conventional approach to this type of project (please answer Question 12a. below)


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Other cost implications (please describe)


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12.a. If relevant, approximately what percentage of the total cost was an additional cost associated with adopting these elements of Working with Nature?
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13. Did existing legislation help or hinder your application of the Working with Nature philosophy? Please highlight any of the options that applies and provide a brief explanation

The approach adopted helped to meet legal obligations


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Some of what was done was needed to meet existing legal requirements; part exceeded those requirements


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Problems were experienced with existing legislation (e.g. is existing legislation too prescriptive/inflexible?)


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The approach was taken despite legal requirements


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Legal requirements prevented (some of) the Working with Nature philosophy being applied


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Other implications (please describe)


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14. Please indicate where further information can be obtained including, as available, links to project reports; design standards; project website; etc.


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