15 Nov 2017
From 28-29 November, IADC’s Jurgen Dhollander will be in Beijing to give an insightful presentation to attendees of the 5th International Congress on Dredging Technology Development. He will present the integrated role of ecosystem services in project assessment within the dredging industry, aligning with the conference’s primary themes of ecology, dredging and sustainability.
Ecosystem Services is an evolving concept
Industrial activity is undoubtedly an important endeavour, but sustainable activities are pertinent to preserve environmental resources. These resources sustain life’s basic needs – such as fresh air, food and water – therefore the absence of said resources has wide-reaching impacts on economic, social and cultural welfare. Ecosystem services (ES) is a continuously developing concept which aims to encapsulate the dependent relationship between ecosystems and human life. Most importantly, ES offers a framework to facilitate a tangible analysis of humanity’s impact on the environment.
Begin marine infrastructure projects by assessing impacts
ES encourages informed decision-making to reduce environmental impacts and benefit project works, especially when all potential organisations and stakeholders are involved from the beginning of the process. Stakeholders become knowledgeable of projected outcomes through three levels of valuation: qualitative review, quantitative review of effects and monetary value. With the completed Port Botany expansion as a case study, he will offer insight into the comprehensive approach which commences at the onset of marine infrastructure projects, letting the dredging industry weigh both short and long-term effects before work starts.
More information about Ecosystem Services
To read more about the concept and framework of Ecosystem Services, download your free copy of the publication produced by IADC in collaboration with the Ecosystem Management Research Group from the University of Antwerp.