Interactive session: When is your project sustainable?
5-6 November 2015, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
This session is organised by the CEDA Environment Commission to get a more common understanding of how to improve the sustainability of dredging and dredging projects. Through discussion an expert panel, together with the audience, will seek to prioritise the most important issues that will need tackling in the near future. We will aim to devise an ‘action plan' for project owners, dredging companies and governments, which will lead to more sustainable practices.
Sustainability is a broad term but what does it mean in the context of (navigation) dredging projects, or in the different phases of a dredging project? The aim of this session is to stimulate debate and harness the collective knowledge, and creative thinking, of the audience and a panel of experts. The discussion will highlight different perspectives on sustainability of dredging projects. Also we hope to gain a more common understanding of how to improve the sustainability of dredging and dredging projects.
The session will seek to prioritise the most important issues that will need tackling in the near future. We will aim to devise an ‘action plan' for project owners, dredging companies and governments, which will lead to more sustainable practices.
Read below the case about the fictitious city Loof we are going to work on.
CEC will publish the results of this session in the future.
To pre-empt the discussion we ask you to consider: When is a dredging project sustainable?
- Is it when it's based on the ecosystem services approach?
- Is it when it applies on one of the '...with nature' approaches e.g. working with nature, building with nature, engineering with nature, eco-engineering?
- Is it when it has a low carbon foot-print?
- Is it when there is no turbidity?
- Is it when it doesn't create noise disturbance?
- Is it when dredged sediments are used beneficially?
- Is it when it fully complies with all prevailing regulations?
- Is it when you consider social concerns and interact with their stakeholders?
- Is it when contractors are involved early?
- Is it when we 'co-create'?
- Is it when we manage a project in an adaptive way?
- Is it when all impacts (on the natural and social environment) of project activities are compensated or do we have the responsibility to improve these environments for future generations?
- Is a dredging-project sustainable when necessary?
- If you use the shared (best) knowledge/practices?
- If you gather/use/share big data (open earth)?
- If you work efficiently?
- If you use the best assessment techniques?
- If you are transparent?
- If you don't use fossil fuels?
Members of the expert panel are:
- Pieter de Boer, Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, the Netherlands
- Erik van der Blom, Royal IHC, the Netherlands
- Mark Bollen, IMDC, Belgium
- Ida Brøker, DHI, Denmark
- Astrid Kramer, Royal Boskalis Westminster, the Netherlands.
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Last update: 11 November 2015