Deltares Helps Small Islands States Fight Coastal Erosion

Under the ‘SimpleCoast’ banner, Deltares is supplying knowledge notes and tools to the small island states, helping them to investigate coastal erosion problems in a relative simple way.

This allows managers and practitioners from small islands to investigate coastal erosion problems and determine courses of action.

The facility is therefore primarily for those islands with little experience in this area, or who lack adequate financial resources. They will usually be local government authorities, universities and consultants.

The knowledge about coastal protection measures will, in part, cover easily applicable, environmentally friendly measures such as building with nature. This can often benefit the islands because of the flexibility of the measures and the ready availability of the building materials.

Examples are: using sand to widen the coastline (which may ultimately also reduce salinization), and the preservation of coral reefs (enhancing coastal protection by mitigating the impact of waves).

As well as sharing the knowledge, Deltares is also organizing workshops and training in which the focus is on setting up monitoring and on how to draw on data and tools as a basis for effective action.

Policymakers are also told how they can use this information in line with the ‘adaptive planning’ method. The first workshops will take place in February 2016.

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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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