Investing in Dikes Worldwide

The Dutch research institute Deltares recently released a study highlighting the economic benefits of investments in dikes worldwide.

According to Deltares, the economic benefits of building dikes to reduce flood damage far outweigh the costs at the global scale.

In many parts of the world, it is even possible to reduce the economic damage from river floods in the future to below today’s levels, even when climate change, growing populations, and urbanization are taken into account, Deltares reported.

This study is led by Philip Ward of the Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Deltares (experts Hessel Winsemius, Jaap Kwadijk and Jarl Kind), other partners in the Netherlands, UK and USA.

Ward said: “It is well-known that economic damages from floods are expected to increase over the coming decades due to climate change and an increase in population and assets in flood prone areas.”

However, in this study we show that flood damages in the year 2080 can actually be reduced to below today’s level, if we effectively invest in flood protection measures,” he added.

The latest research appeared in the paper ‘A global framework for future costs and benefits of river-flood protection in urban areas’ in Nature Climate Change.

 

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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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