12:00am - 12:00am




£945 + concessions available

CPD description

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.

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.

This course is formally CPD accredited by CIWEM. Discounts are available for Cranfield staff and alumni (20%), IWA (20%), CIWEM, CWA and British Water members (10%).

Register for 22nd April 2024

About the course

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.

Core content

  • 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.

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.

Cranfield team:

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.

Why Cranfield University?

As a specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships are creating leaders in technology and management globally.

Cranfield University work in partnership with business, academia, governments and other organisations to develop and deliver applied research and innovative education in science, technology, engineering, and management.

Cranfield's distinctive expertise is in their deep understanding of technology and management and how these work together to benefit the world.

Their education portfolio is renowned for its relevance to business and industry. They are the largest UK provider of master's-level graduates in engineering and offer a flagship MBA, extensive world-class customised executive education and professional development programmes. Cranfield's work informs government policy and leads the way in producing cutting edge new technologies and products in partnership with industry.

The research and consultancy they carry out for industry, government and business provides their students with a real-world learning environment, allowing them to develop as professionals and then transfer their knowledge to the global economy. This has always been the 'Cranfield way' but it has never been more important than in today's world.

If you have any queries about this event, please contact Gabriela Dotro at g.c.dotro@cranfield.ac.uk.

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