For us an ecosystem consist of more than only the biological component, we see human as a part of an ecosystem. Men has to help recovering it, but will also benefit from it, in many ways.
Sustainable ecosystem restoration can best be achieved when we improve the quality of our coastal zones first. By restoring the edge systems in the world we can boost the food production of the oceans, which then will kick start the hydrological cycle and eventually accelerate the restoration of land by strategic reuse of coastal sediments. Cooling the planet and simultaneously enrich the fertility and productivity of the water and soil. This will feed the ecosystems in return.
We call our holistic approach “Resource Based Dredging”: use aquatic ecology and coastal sediments to kick-start water and land restoration. Increase the available moisture in the watershed and start restoring micro water cycles from the coastal zone further inland.
We have developed this holistic approach with a large number of experts. Important ecosystem restoration experience and lessons learned from restoration projects and studies are herewith embedded in our organisation.
The figure above presents an overview of the Resource Based Dredging concept. It shows on a high level the step by step approach; coastal interventions are followed by processing works of dredged materials which are then suitable for re-use in landscape restoration works.
Ecosystems are subject to many parameters which makes engineering relatively complex. Therefore we adopt a Pro-Active Adaptive Realization (PAAR) which is a methodology to apply in projects as a tool to manage the negative effects of execution and optimize planning and costs based on intensive monitoring of the project. The data is used to validate and calibrate the design and minimize threat to the environment. The availability of field measurements generates a continuous learning loop during the full duration of a project for all stakeholders.