Dr. Bregje van Wesenbeeck is an expert advisor on nature-based solutions and ecosystem-based adaptation at Deltares. She provides advice on flood risk reduction, erosion mitigation, and climate change adaptation in amongst others Indonesia, Tonga, Kiribati, the Philippines, the Netherlands, and the USA. She uses her system knowledge and project experience to evaluate the feasibility of intervention strategies in different coastal, riverine and urban environments. She possesses unique knowledge of both green and grey intervention strategies as she has an affinity with both ecology and civil engineering.
Dr. van Wesenbeeck advises and trains departments of infrastructure and environment of several governments in Asia. She initiated and led the writing process for the implementation guidelines for nature-based solutions together with the World Bank and a broad panel of writers with distinct backgrounds. She just finalized a set of guidelines on natural river management, including nature-based solutions and mitigation of fluvial flooding in an urban setting for the Asian Development Bank. She teaches at the Technical University of Delft and Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Her works are a unique combination of strengthening the scientific foundations and furthering the practical application of Building with Nature or nature-based solutions.