Sustainable ecosystem restoration can best be achieved when we fix the oceans 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. Healthy oceans and water cycles create the ability to sustainable restore land. Increase the living environment first by fixing the quality of life in the water. Aquatic ecosystems produce much quicker food than land ecosystems.
This integral approach uses solar energy to store greenhouse gases in ecosystems in a natural way by photosynthesis. Cooling the planet and simultaneously enrich the fertility and productivity of the water and soil. This will feed the ecosystems in return. 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.
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. Smartly re-use dredged sediments on land to kick-start regreening.
We have developed this holistic approach with a large number of experts who are in our board of advisors. Important ecosystem restoration experience from large scale restoration projects and studies are herewith embedded in our organisation.
The figure above presents an overview of the Resource Based Dredging concept. It shows 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. This smart re-use principle is in line with the circular economy movement.
Pro-Active Adaptive Realization (PAAR) is a system to apply in projects as a tool to manage the negative effects of execution and optimize planning and costs. This makes it possible to design and plan interventions, minimize threat to the environment, whilst maintaining efficiency. Real-time field data gathering generates a continuous learning loop during the full duration of a project (or multiple projects), by extensive monitoring and observations and making the data available to all stakeholders.
The benefits are an early start of construction, maintenance work can be optimized, collection of knowledge can be applied in future phases of the project and used for new developments. PAAR also opens up new contract potentials, like creating a concession of which the contractor can become part of the climate goals achieved in the works.
This pro-active real-time approach combined with a holistic engineering perspective of ecological growth and ecosystem function, enables supervision at the sensitive receptors and provides a learning area of complex natural systems. Ecosystems are subject to many parameters which makes engineering relatively complex. PAAR will zoom out and focus on the baseline parameters and larger processes. We balance between (sophisticated) numerical modelling and straightforward (empirical) relations. Monitoring during execution will be used to validate and calibrate our models and design.