Resilience of nature-based and built infrastructure

Symposium A1


Nature provides multiple benefits to society. One of those is nature-based infrastructure. In contrast to built infrastructure, nature-based infrastructure maintains itself while it protects society, bolstering a community’s resilience. Here we explore the benefits of nature-based and built infrastructure, and how nature-based infrastructure can be amplified to benefit society. We do this by converging multiple perspectives and disciplines to provide examples to practitioners so that they can foster resilience in their own systems. The session will draw from diverse perspectives to: 1. Show practitioners how nature-based solutions bolster system resilience, 2. Provide examples of communities already using nature-based solutions to build resilience in their systems, 3. Analyze how nature-based and built infrastructure uniquely contribute to community resilience goals, 4. Explain how and where nature-based solutions are most effective (e.g., coastal marshes, riparian buffers) and the multiple benefits they provide in addition to resilience, including clean air and water provisioning, native habitat, and climate change mitigation.

Hannah E. Birge, Water and Agriculture Program Manager, The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska, adjunct faculty, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Terri Norton, Associate Professor of Construction Engineering and Architectural Engineering University of Nebraska, Lincoln
John Carroll, Director of the School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska, Lincoln (moderator)
Craig R. Allen, Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit Leader, University of Nebraska Lincoln
Dirac Twidwell, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Igor Linkov, Risk and Decision Science Focus Area Lead, US Army Engineer Research and Development Center
Judith Rodriguez, Research Associate at Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure, Harvard University

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