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Artificial Wetlands Purify Water as Nature Recruited to Help Deal with Climate Change

Natural resources are being used instead of pipes, pumps and ditches to help Europe deal sustainably with floods and rising temperatures.

These so-called ‘nature-based solutions’ alter the local ecological landscape to provide a more natural solution to flooding problems.

‘This isn’t just making the environment look pretty,’ Dr Laurence Carvalho of the Freshwater Ecology Group told a conference in Brussels, Belgium, on 1 March called Innovating with Nature.

Dr Carvalho, based in Edinburgh, UK, gave the example of the Gorla Maggiore region in northern Italy, where a constructed wetland beside the Olona river has helped to fight flooding.



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