VIDEO: Changing the Mindset – Key to Success

During our recent CEDA-IADC Dredging for Sustainable Infrastructure Conference, we took an opportunity to interview Professor Dr. Patrick Meire of University of Antwerp.

Dr. Meire is a professor in biology and head of the research group Ecosystem Management (ECOBE) at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. His research focuses on the environmental impact of human activities on aquatic and wetland systems, and these insights are used to develop concepts for integrated water and ecosystem management.

When asked about changing our mindsets towards using natural resources, he went on to say: “This is absolutely fundamental. The fact that nature is delivering these ecosystem services is essential towards a future of sustainable development, which should be a combination between technical infrastructure and natural system. The nature can do a lot of things for us for free.”

Dr. Meire also put a spotlight on the ecosystem services, saying that “these services are in fact the direct and indirect benefits that we gain from the nature and from the ecosystems around us. They are delivering us flood protection, regulation of temperature, clean water, etc.”

The two-day-long program (19 and 20 November) took place in the heart of Amsterdam at the Beurs van Berlag, gathering professionals from all sectors involved in the realization of a dredging project.

The conference highlighted quintessential knowledge for planners, designers, decision makers, regulators, contractors, project owners and environmental advocates and also celebrated the launch of the Dredging for Sustainable Infrastructure guidebook.

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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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