Ecosystem-based adaptation

Building with Nature for safe, prosperous and adaptive coastlines

Conservation International Suriname
Published: 05 May 2017
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The Building with Nature initiative increases resilience along 10 km eroding coastlines, combining civil engineering with mangrove rehabilitation to build safe and adaptive coastlines. During 2015 and 2016 8 sediment trapping units were built (~1 km) to stop erosion and support mangrove rehabilitation. Technical measures include sediment balance restoration by permeable dams and mud nourishments, alongside mangrove rehabilitation. Socio-economic measures are currently being developed.   


Paramaribo, Paramaribo District, Suriname | Weg naar Zee Resort, District Paramaribo, Suriname


Coastal security, safety, economic growth and self-reliance of vulnerable farmers and fishermen at the Weg naar Zee resort is enhanced by avoiding further coastal flooding and erosion and providing them with a long term perspective for sustainable economic development. The combination of permeable dams and mangroves protect the farmers against storm events.


The convincing results of Building with Nature are used to create safer deltas in developing countries, contributing to sustainable inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction and more self-reliance.

Extensive stakeholder dialogue and capacity building allow the integration of measures in community development plans and integral government master planning and governed under community bylaws and funding mechanisms


This flagship project is used to inform and inspire coastal zone managers from government and private sector and help them include the approach in their urban and rural development programmes. A replication and up-scaling of Building with Nature across Suriname and in the Guyana’s could indirectly result in increased resilience of 500.000 inhabitants of Suriname of which 80% live along the coast, who are on the long term at risk from coastal hazards, in both urban and rural areas.

Contributed by

Els van Lavieren

Conservation International Suriname