Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) Workshop for Slope Protection

Posted by CBAG on January 24, 2020

Back in May 2018, Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) were awarded £540k for a unique multiyear OPERANDUM research project in Catterline, as detailed here.

CBAG are excited to announce that GCU and Naturalea, in partnership with UNESCO, are organising a ‘Nature-based Solutions (NBS) for Slope Protection’ workshop, to be held in Catterline, on 26th – 28th March 2020.

This workshop is FREE to attend and we encourage anybody with an interest in slope stabilisation techniques to sign up. In particular, we would like to encourage the local community to participate!


The objectives of the workshop are:

  • to provide the participants with a theoretical background on NBS for slope protection from hydro-meteo hazards;
  • to demonstrate, through a two-day hands-on practice session, how NBS can be effectively deployed onsite through co-deployment approaches, using local, natural resources and low input requirements; and
  • to support knowledge exchange and capacity building at both the local and national levels, in line with OPERANDUM objectives.

To achieve these objectives, the workshop will be divided into theoretical and practical sessions:

  • During the one-day theoretical session on Thursday 26th March, invited national and international experts will lead a series of talks on relevant NBS examples and state-of-the-art approaches to design and performance assessment of NBS.
  • During the two-day practical sessions on Friday the 27th and Saturday the 28th March, key NBS construction techniques and methods for retrieving and preparing plant materials used in the construction of NBS will be showcased. Then, three NBS for slope protection will be deployed onsite at Catterline, at zones with identified erosion and slope stability hazards. The NBS deployment will follow co-deployment approaches and will demonstrate the use of local and sustainable materials.

In addition to the technical knowledge and skills gained, participants will have the opportunity to meet with peers and form networks and connections, strengthened through actively working together and problem-solving while implementing the NBS. They will also have the opportunity to work with local residents and gain perspective on the concerns and motivations of those who live in communities with landslide and coastal erosion risks.


Date: Thursday 26th March 2020
Session title: Theoretical workshop “Soil bioengineering techniques and NBS for slope protection and management”
Location: Station Hotel, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, AB39 2NE
Time: 10am – 5pm

Date: Friday 27th & Saturday 28th March 2020
Session title: Practical workshop “Practical NBS deployment skills for slope protection”
Location: Catterline, Aberdeenshire, AB39 2UL
Time: 9am – 5pm


  • Materials and equipment to implement Nature-Based Solutions
  • Lunch and teas/coffees on all workshop days
  • Transportation between Stonehaven and Catterline on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th


  • Transportation to and from Stonehaven from place of residence
  • Accommodation in Stonehaven
  • Breakfast and dinner on all workshop days


To attend the workshop, please register here. For more information contact Dr Karen Munro ( or Dr Alejandro Gonzales Ollauri (

Workshop Poster

Tags: 2020 Braes GCU OPERANDUM