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.

LIFE MARINAPLAN PLUS Project: Sustainable marine and coastal seabed management

In June 2019, the research team of the LIFE MARINAPLAN PLUS project began operating the first-of-a-kind demonstration plant installation at the harbour entrance of Marina di Cervia (Italy). Fulfilling the project’s objective to apply at industrial scale a reliable technology for the sustainable management of sediment in marine infrastructures, this technology prevents harbour silting through the use of submerged devices called ‘ejectors’ installed on the seabed.

IADC Members’ sustainability programmes

The dredging industry has vital roles in the global sustainability transition and therefore sustainability is a top priority on our members’ agenda. On this page, you will find information about the different sustainability programmes of our members. Royal Boskalis WestminsterBy executing its sustainability strategy, Boskalis aims to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals […]

IADC Sustainability Committee

As the umbrella organisation for contractors in the private dredging industry, IADC also advocates for sustainability.

Sustainability

Sustainability is vital in all industries, including dredging. IADC promotes the industry’s contribution and its role in the global sustainability transition.

Presentation by Polite Laboyrie (CEDA) on the Guidebook ‘Dredging for Sustainable Infrastructure’

A contribution by Polite Laboyrie, President of CEDA, to the Paving the Waves 2020 conference is linked to the IADC-CEDA book Dredging for Sustainable Infrastructure. The book and also Mr Laboyrie’s presentation presents guidance to achieve dredging projects that fulfil their primary functional requirement, while adding value to the (natural and socio-economic) system.

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Beneficial Use of Dredged Material

The Fact Sheet "Beneficial Use of Dredged Material" describes methods and answers questions about how to deal with large quantities of sediments in relation to dredging projects and ecological developments