Natural Infrastructure Workshop for Hampton Roads

Last week, it was announced that the Hampton Roads area would be receiving more than $120.5 million as part of the National Disaster Resilience Competition, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, to help prepare for the effects of climate change, sea level rise, flooding and storms.

Beginning February 9, Environmental Defense Fund and partners will hold a two-day workshop for Hampton Roads planning and design firms and local officials on how combining natural infrastructure solutions (wetlands, oyster reefs, barrier beaches, dunes and maritime forests) with traditional “gray” infrastructure (levees and floodwalls) improves resiliency by reducing the impacts of coastal flooding while also enhancing water quality, wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities.

More than 120 professionals from diverse backgrounds will gather to learn about how natural infrastructure can help their communities address the emerging risks caused by sea level rise and recurrent flooding.

This workshop is just the first step in a long process needed to help build resilient communities that are economically and environmentally sustainable. Lessons learned in Hampton Roads can be applied to other coastal cities around the country facing similar threats from sea level rise and coastal flooding.

The training will cover diverse topics related to natural infrastructure, including engineering, design, and implementation of natural coastal infrastructure; integrating natural infrastructure with traditional resilience and storm hazard reduction strategies; building local political support and capacity for innovative solutions; and financing and investment opportunities.

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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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