Building a resilient Scheldt delta
On our way towards a resilient delta area
People benefit from a resilient delta area, where these issues are taken care of and where there is a sound balance between water safety, accessibility and nature. Such issues are major challenges for eco-engineers, civil engineers and water managers. This practical approach is also a great learning experience for students. Rijkswaterstaat (Department of Waterways and Public Works) and Delta Academy, an academy within HZ University of Applied Sciences, will organise the work conference “Building a resilient Scheldt Delta.”
During this work conference the organizers and partners will share their experiences of building with nature in the Scheldt Delta. They will present results of recent applied research into smart sediment management, spatial adaptation and restoring the natural dynamics and biodiversity. The pilots of the Flemish and Dutch partners within the Smart Sediment project will also be discussed. Here, innovative sediment management contributes directly to restoration of the natural environment. New ideas for the Scheldt estuary are discussed in the light of experiences with building with nature in the Wadden Sea, Eems Dollard (G/NL), Galveston Bay (US) or other estuaries, coastal zones and tidal basins.
Categorise new solutions for the Scheldt delta
We also challenge you to help build a resilient delta by contributing to new ‘living labs’ for open innovation and applied research to:
- the restoring of natural gradients on the border of land and sea;
- the stability of dikes, dunes and foreshore;
- sustainable waterway maintenance and expansion of ports
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