Webinar (replay): The Multiple Benefits of the Hondsbossche and Pettemer sea dunes, valued by the SAVi methodology

This webinar is especially of interest for policymakers, infrastructure developers, investors and other stakeholders with an interest in green infrastructure. But also for both technical and non-technical professionals in dredging-related industries like consultants and advisors at port and harbour authorities, offshore companies and other organisations that execute dredging projects.

The importance of sustainability in dredging

In this webinar, the topic of sustainability in dredging will be linked to the Saly Coastal Protection Project in Senegal.

Creating mangrove habitat for shoreline protection

Over the past decades, there has been a growing interest in exploring innovative ways to minimise the environmental footprint of coastal developments and in nature-based approaches for shoreline protection. At Mubarraz Island near Abu Dhabi (UAE), an international oil company beneficially reused ~12 million m³ of dredged material to protect pipelines, construct a causeway and create mangrove habitat to manage coastal erosion. This ‘Working with Nature’ approach has provided a cost-effective nature-based solution for shoreline protection, with added benefits for biodiversity conservation.

Key Principles for Port and Harbor Development

During planning, design and operations of port development, these economically and socially sound actions can minimise impacts on the coastal zone.

The Taparura Project: Sustainable Coastal Remediation and Development at Sfax, Tunisia
The Taparura Project: Sustainable Coastal Remediation and Development at Sfax, Tunisia

The rehabilitation of a heavily polluted industrial area to create a clean urban centre demanded continual cooperation amongst financiers, managers, engineers, environmentalists, contractors and government authorities.

Waterfront Developments in Harmony with Nature
Waterfront Developments in Harmony with Nature

Though human-made beaches and lagoons are considered “artificial”, when well planned by engineers and architects they can become a sustainable, “natural” part of a new coastal landscape.

Reduction of Hurricane Impact by Re-Creation of Marshlands and Barrier Islands
Reduction of Hurricane Impact by Re-Creation of Marshlands and Barrier Islands

Looking at New Orleans, a feasibility study demonstrates that the dangerous threat of damage from hurricane storm-surge can be mitigated by using modern coastal engineering and lessons learnt elsewhere.

Sediment Resuspension and Cycling due to Wave Groups
Sediment Resuspension and Cycling due to Wave Groups

Predicting the transport of sediments in nearshore environments and their affect on coastal stability is essential. This paper, reporting on field experiments in this subject, won the IADC Young Authors Award at COPEDEC IV in Sri Lanka.