Nature-Based Solutions for Slope Protection - Workshop

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A 3-day workshop on the theory and practical application of innovative Nature-Based Solutions, in the context of Catterline, Aberdeenshire.

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Glasgow Caledonian University and Naturalea are pleased to welcome you to the event "Nature-Based Solutions for Slope Protection", organised within the OPERANDUM Project (EU Horizon 2020), in collaboration with the Catterline Braes Action Group (CBAG) and UNESCO.

About the event

GCU and Naturalea are hosting this free 3-day workshop on NBS, and welcome participants from the local community to join with participants from local authority, industry and academia. The event is supported by UNESCO. It will take place from Thursday 26th March - Saturday 28th March 2020. There will be a one-day theoretical workshop, followed by a two-day practical workshop.

Thursday March 26th 2020

Learn about the theory and practice behind NBS through expert-lead seminars

Location: Station Hotel, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, AB39 2NE

Time: 9.30 am – 5 pm

Friday March 27th & Saturday March 28th 2020

Take part in deploying NBS on site in Catterline using local, natural resources and learn the practical skills involved

Location: Catterline Bay, Aberdeenshire, AB39 2UL

Time: 9 am – 5 pm

Workshop Aim

Workshop participants will build capacity to manage natural hazards, such as erosion and landslides, using local, natural materials and simple eco-engineering approaches.

What's Included

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

What's Not Included

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


The nearest airport to Stonehaven is Aberdeen International Airport. International airports are also located in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Stonehaven can be reached by train from Aberdeen (20 minute journey), Glasgow (3 hour journey), and Edinburgh (2 hour journey). Train journeys can be planned and booked through the National Rail website (


There are a number of small hotels and B&Bs in Stonehaven, which can be booked through ( Alternatively, there is a wide range of accommodation choices in Aberdeen, also available for booking through (

Who we are

Since 2013, GCU and Catterline Braes Action Group (CBAG) have been working together to protect the integrity of Catterline’s braes against landslides and erosion. In 2018, GCU received EU funding through the OPERANDUM project, to investigate how Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) could be applied in Catterline. NBS use local, natural materials and vegetation to protect slopes, simultaneously supporting biodiversity and access to Catterline Bay. Alongside CBAG, OPERANDUM partners (incl. Naturalea and the University of Glasgow), and UNESCO, GCU look forward to welcoming you at this exciting workshop.

For more information about GCU's BEAM Research Centre:

For more information about CBAG:

For more information about OPERANDUM:

For more information about Naturalea:

For further enquiries contact Dr Karen Munro ( or Dr Alejandro Gonzales Ollauri (

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