Research on the Mara Wetlands, Tanzania

Researcher Francesco Bregoli at IHE Delft has been on a three week mission to the Mara wetland, Tanzania, to gather data on the evolution of the wetland under different scenarios of climate, water use and land use changes along the whole Mara river basin.

The data will be used to model the evolution of the wetland and improve the management of the river and wetland.

According to Bergoli, when the natural equilibrium of a wetland’s ecosystem is broken by changes in water, sedimentation or nutrients feeding, the habitat morphology is altered and the ecosystem health is likely jeopardized.

Previous studies reported an increment of sediment supply to the wetland due to increasing deforestation, farming and grazing activities along the basin.

As new river structures are planned, the IHE Delft researcher expects that river management will become an important challenge for the area.

The measurements by Bergoli will support an analysis of the water and sediment balance within the area of the Lower Mara floodplain.

Furthermore the model will serve as a tool to improve the water resources and land use management in order to prevent the deterioration of the Mara wetland habitat and ecosystem.

Berrgoli reported on his most recent trip to the wetlands in a blog on the website for earth and space scientists, hosted by the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

 

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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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