Dredging Today Conference: Climate Change Is Real, Better Be Prepared

Climate change is real, so better be prepared. Everybody, personally and also as an industry, should make a contribution in fighting climate change. 

That was the final thought of our first Dredging Today Conference, beautifully put by Mr Mark van Zanten, Senior Project Manager Water, Royal HaskoningDHV.

At the conference, held in Amsterdam on October 9-10, Mr van Zanten also highlighted “need for water safe/resilient development to deal with the effects of climate change,” during his presentation about sustainable development of land reclamation.

Mr Mark van Zanten

With rising sea levels, the polder alternative becomes more attractive, according to the Royal HaskoningDHV expert.

Indeed, all participants at the conference witnessed the fact that the dredging community needs to be aware of the projected changes and the type of adaptations likely to be required.

A fact is that the dredging community involves not only the dredging industry (contractors, manufacturers) but also port and water authorities, policy makers, regulators, consultants and other different stakeholder groups.

Speaking about climate change adaptations of ports and inland waterways – Ine Moulaert, Senior Engineer Marine Environmental Department, Jan de Nul, Member, PIANC Working Group 178 on Climate Change Adaptation, said that one of PIANC objectives is to develop an approach on climate change adaptation planning and delivery.

Mr John Mackenzie, Business Development Director at NMDC

Another clear conclusion made at our conference was that the rising sea levels will increase the flood-risk and erosion along the coast but may also impact freshwater availability or result in an accelerated loss of coastal ecosystems like wetlands and mangroves.

During the event, moderated by Alexander Verbeek – an Associate at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), all experts emphasized the importance of adapting to these potential effects by developing and implementing coastal protection and adaptation strategies.

The first Dredging Today Conference was closed by Femke Perlot-Hoogeveen, the Conference Manager.

In these two days, DTC also showed its international focus; comprehensive session blocks were devoted to answering the question: How the world in which the dredging industry operates is changing.

We are looking forward to seeing you next year on October 22 and 23 in Amsterdam RAI!

 

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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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