CEDA Dredging Days 2019

Dredging Days

Applying the ecosystem service concept to Waterborne Transport Infrastructure

7-8 November 2019. Ahoy, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Boerema A - University of Antwerp, Belgium; Hack JH - TU Darmstadt, Germany; Apitz SE - SEA Environmental Decisions, UK; Boon A - Deltares, the Netherlands; Cofrancesco A - U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, USA; De Boer G - Royal Haskoning DHV, the Netherlands; Guannel G - The Nature Conservancy, USA; Hopper D - New South Wales Government, Australia; Krebs M - Wasserstraßen- und Schifffahrtsamt Emden, Germany; Moulaert I - Jan De Nul, Belgium; Chambers K - US Army Corps Headquarters, USA; Fuchs E - Bundesanstalt für Gewässerkunde, Germany

Summary: This paper will introduce the Ecosystem Service concept, in the context of Waterborne Transport Infrastructure, as a holistic tool which can be applied to all stages of a project cycle. Drawing on best practice examples, it will provide guidance on how the navigation sector can successfully and supportively use the concept.

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Ecosystem services assessment types that support decision making at different phases of a Waterborne Transport Infrastructure project lifecycle

  • Use of the ES concept in WTI projects
  • ES assessment can be complex and quantitative or more conceptual and qualitative
  • Discussion of different ES application types along the WTI project cycle
  • Discussion of benefits and added values ES concept can bring to a WTI project
  • Lessons learned and recommendations for ES assessments based on a variety of case studies

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