Soil and Water Bioengineering was presented in EGU 2023 in Vienna in the session.

Nature-based and bio-based solutions for geohazard mitigation on slopes and streambanks

Climate induced or anthropogenically triggered soil-related geohazards may cause damage to buildings, infrastructure and the environment Solutions that mimic natural or biological processes are increasingly being adopted to mitigate the triggering or propagation of such geohazards through improvement of the soil behaviour and its characteristics.

The use of Soil and Water Bioengineering on potentially unstable slopes and streambanks is an example of a Nature-Based Solution (NBS)

These NBS combine ecological approaches with engineering design in order to provide practical solutions, while also maintaining/enhancing biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Chairpersons: Vittoria Capobianco (NGI) , Alessandro Fraccica (ISPRA), Grainne El Mountassir

In this session, together with field and laboratory research, practical cases of bioengineering on slopes and riverbanks were presented.

Paola Sangalli presented some examples of slope stabilisation carried out in linear infrastructures in the Basque Country as well as a new manual of techniques. She also mentioned the EFIB and its role in the dissemination and promotion of these techniques.

André Evette, from Inrae, presented the Proteger project being developed in Guadeloupe, showing the work to identify the most suitable plant species for the application of these techniques on riverbanks.

Aldo Freitas, from Ecosalix and Apena, showed a concrete example of the restoration of an old canal using bioengineering techniques.
In the poster session Klaus Peklo showed examples of river restoration in France.