Making science work for development

International symposium on soil and water-bioengineering in a changing climate

7 - 8 September

The aim of the symposium is to present and discussthepossibilities offered by the technical discipline of Soil-andWater-Bioengineering to the ecological, economic, and societal challenges faced within a changing climate. As a society are experiencing a period of uncertainty, in which we perceive that the solutions could come from finding a balance within our environment based on the sustainable management of our ecosystems, the restoration of their functionality and services, and the use of nature-based construction systems such asĀ soil-andwater-bioengineering techniques. It is envisaged that UK practitioners and researchers will foster a deeper and more meaningful relationship with their international counterparts at the symposium by sharing experiences around common areas of interest.

According to the E.F.I.B.,soil- and water- bioengineering is a discipline that combines technology and biology, making use of plants and plant communities as building materials which can protect the soil and infrastructure as well as contributing to landscape development. It includes technical(protection and stabilisation), ecological (ecosystem restoration), landscape (improvement of landscape integration),and a consideration of socio-economic (efficiency and employability) aspects.