This is the most recent information update in the IADC series of concise, easy-to-readÂ â€śmanagement summariesâ€ť, which give overviews of essential information on specific dredging andÂ maritime construction subjects.
Facts About Building with Nature introduces a new approach to planning, designing and operatingÂ dredging and maritime infrastructure projects. Rather than presuming the worst â€“ that a projectÂ will harm the natural environment and thus act defensivelyâ€” Building with Nature seeks positive,Â pro-active opportunities using the dynamics of the natural system as the starting point.
The concept Building with Nature began in 1979 with the Dutch engineer HonzoÂ SvaĹˇek and over the last thirty years has been expanded and promoted by Dr. Ronald E. WatermanÂ who linked it to a policy of â€śintegrated coastal and delta strategyâ€ť. With his support and advice aÂ new institute â€śEcoShapeâ€ť (www.ecoshape.nl) was founded in 2007-08. This private-publicÂ innovation programme has given a new impetus to researching the interface of nature andÂ maritime infrastructure construction, with sustainable coastal development as the key motivatingÂ factor.
At about the same time a project in Belgium was launched known as â€śFlanders Bay 2100â€ťÂ (www.vlaamsebaaien.com/flanders-bay-2100) in which ten specific cities and sites along theÂ Flemish coastline have been targeted for applying the principles of Building with Nature to ensureÂ the success of long-term coastal planning.
Since, clearly, dredging and maritime construction operations are an essential element inÂ improving global economic and social welfare, it is incumbent upon us all to find an understandingÂ and balance between development and nature. Facts About Building with Nature presents anÂ introduction to the concept and principles, to its application in specific situations, why and when itÂ should be implemented and how this can be done by cooperation between engineers, ecologists,Â regulators, project developers and all other stakeholders.
Working within the structure of BuildingÂ with Nature can often mean the difference between a long-term, well-accepted project and noÂ project at all.
Source: iadc-dredging, January 25, 2011