Arjen is a marine ecologist. He has over 25 years of experience in ecological research and advice. He specialises in integrated ecosystem analyses, monitoring systems and natural resource management. He is currently lecturer of environmental sciences at Avans University of Applied Science in Breda, the Netherlands.
Articles By Arjen Boon
A full consideration of ecosystem services (ES) impacts, interactions and improvements can result in more sustainable and adaptive solutions for dredging and marine construction projects. Furthermore, the benefits can be translated in monetary terms, providing returns on investment and highlighting the links between ecology and economy. For some however, the ES concept is too theoretical. This article seeks to show how the ES concept can actively be applied at any point during a project and the benefits of doing so. Its purpose is to provide a framework for integrated and interdisciplinary thinking throughout the different steps of the project cycle.