Deltares: Monitoring Compensation Measures for Loss of Natural Habitat (The Netherlands)

Monitoring Compensation Measures for Loss of Natural Habitat

On 11 July 2012, the seawall around Maasvlakte 2 was completed and with that, an additional 2,000 hectares of The Netherlands is protected from the sea. The compensation measures for the loss of natural habitat on Maasvlakte 2 will be monitored by Deltares, together with IMARES and CSO (a consultancy for environment, space and water).

These compensation measures are necessary because Maasvlakte 2 is located in the Voordelta, a protected nature reserve (Natura 2000 area). As a result, the foraging area of protected birds like the black scoter, sandwich tern and common tern has been lost. To compensate, a protected area has been designated in another part of the Voordelta where trawl fishing is prohibited. In this area, extra roosting places for birds have also been created. These measures are expected to lead to a 10 per cent improvement in the environmental quality in this area, which is 10 times larger than the area of Maasvlakte 2. Monitoring the area will help to establish whether these measures fully compensate for the adverse effects on the Voordelta.

Gerard van der Kolff, project manager on behalf of Deltares: ‘We already began monitoring in 2009 and are following the developments closely. Actually, it is still too soon to draw any conclusions on compensation for the loss of habitat and more time is needed. Officially, the project is set to run until 2013 but it will probably continue for a number of years after that.”

Deltares, IMARES and CSO are carrying out the monitoring on behalf of Rijkswaterstaat. The subcontractors are Arcadis/Alkyon, Bureau Waardenburg, NIOZ Yerseke and the Flemish Institute for Nature and Forest research.

Source: deltares, July 13, 2012; Image: Van Oord

Share this article

Follow Dredging Today

Events>

<< Nov 2019 >>
MTWTFSS
28 29 30 31 1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 1

3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

read more >

Jobs>

Dredging jobs in Abu Dhabi at NMDC

National Marine Dredging Company “NMDC” aims to be the largest dredging player in the Arab’s Gulf region...

apply

Looking to fill a job opening?

By advertising your job here, on the homepage of DredgingToday.com, you'll reach countless professionals in the sector. For more information, click below....

apply

Looking to fill a job opening?

By advertising your job here, on the homepage of DredgingToday.com, you'll reach countless professionals in the sector. For more information, click below...

apply