New Approach to Colombian Coastal Protection

Deltares is a member of the Dutch-Colombian consortium that is advising the Colombian Ministry of Environment (MADS) on the development of a master plan to protect the coast.

The Colombian government is looking for a sustainable and integrated long-term vision for the coast that also takes climate change into account adequately.

To counteract coastal erosion, the Colombian government prefers an integrated approach to the coastal zone. Where possible, they want to draw on the principles of Building with Nature.

Coastal expert Joost Stronkhorst said: “We will be looking at the vulnerability of the Colombian coast to erosion and we will be teaming up on the elaboration of a number of Building with Nature projects. That means developing knowledge together so that coastal protection can be tackled sustainably. We will be involved in discussions for the integrated approach that will center on financing, capacity building, training, and the future monitoring and modelling of the coast.”

Deltares has had regular contact with the Colombian government since 2012 about the challenge of erosion and, at the time, we conducted a quick scan to identify possible coastal solutions based on Building with Nature.

There were also contacts with government bodies recently (in December 2014) looking at an urgent coastal-erosion problem that inflicted severe damage on an important road (the RN90) along the coast of Colombia.

The consortium advising on the development of the master plan is being led by Arcadis. It also includes Royal HaskoningDHV, UNESCO-IHE, Universidad del Norte, Fundación Herencia Ambiental Caribe and Aqua y Terra.

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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

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