Building a resilient Scheldt delta

We challenge you to help us build! Similar to all deltas, the Scheldt Delta is a biodiverse area, a hub of migration routes of fish and birds. In addition, the Scheldt Delta is a productive and safe area for people. The Oosterschelde is rich in shellfish, the coast is well-visited by tourists and the Westerschelde estuary is a busy sea route. The effects of sea level rise, subsidence, degradation of nature, and navigability for increasingly larger ships affect this area at present and will do so in the future. How can we deal with these issues?

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.”

Work conference

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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