Director of Vereniging Natuurmonumenten, Marc van den Tweel, on Thursday, October 5th opened the Building with Nature exhibition in the National Dredging Museum in Sliedrecht, the Netherlands.
At the show, the visitors can see how hydraulic engineers all around the globe have come up with sustainable and flexible solutions for the development of deltas and coastal areas.
Building with Nature is a relatively new concept in hydraulic engineering. Natural processes like wind, waves, currents and the deposit of sediment are helping combat sea level rise and the erosion of coastlines.
At the same time the Building with Nature concept stimulates the development of nature and enables multifunctional use of space in delta and coastal areas.
Using five projects as example, the visitor emerges in the world of ‘Building with Nature’. Featured projects in the Netherlands are the Sandmotor at Kijkduin, the Marker Wadden in the Markermeer lake and the Tidal Park in Dordrecht. Besides these projects, the exhibition includes an Indonesian and an American project.
North Java suffers significant erosion problems and therefore aims to restore the mangrove forests to protect the coast line.
The Mordecai island project south of New York shows how Building with Nature can help with nature restoration to counteract the effects of erosion. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contributed to this exhibition providing information about the Mordecai Island scheme.
From Friday, October 6th the exhibition will be available to the public. The National Dredging Museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 14:00 to 17:00 PM and Saturday from 11:00 AM to 17:00 PM.