Femke leads Wetlands International’s global programme on wetland carbon. She coordinates efforts to mitigate climate change by implementing and advocating for nature-based solutions in close collaboration with governments, knowledge institutes, private sector, NGO’s and communities. She strives to connect science, policy and practice to create a world in which nature and people exist in harmony. She holds a PhD in Physical Geography with a focus on soil carbon dynamics.
Articles By Femke Tonneijck
As increasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions contribute to global warming, it is becoming more important to consider the carbon footprint of hydraulic engineering projects. This carbon footprint is more complex than previously thought however, as it can also include the carbon dynamics of the sediments from which projects are built. The purpose of this study was to provide a first approximation from sediment-related GHG emissions of dredged sediments. Using the case study of the clay ripening pilot project (‘Kleirijperij’) in Groningen, the Netherlands, one phase of sediment processing was examined: the ripening of dredged sediments for use as a clay material in dyke construction.
Building with Nature is an innovative approach that combines natural processes with innovative engineering methods to realise sustainable projects. Permeable dams are being utilised as part of a Building with Nature solution to help restore the eroding mangrove-mud coast of the Demak district in central Java, Indonesia.