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1 Changes in Dutch water management; Building with Nature Bregje van Wesenbeeck

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5 Rotterdam Antwerp Rotterdam Ghent Zeebrugge Antwerp Westerschelde Oosterschelde Haringvliet Volkerak/ Zoommeer Grevelingen Veerse Meer Cities HarboursDams Freshwater Estuarine gradient Salt lake Salt sea-arm

6 Consequences: Algal blooms Rijkswaterstaat

7 Consequences: erosion

8 Consequences: carrying capacity

9 Rotterdam Antwerp Rotterdam Ghent Zeebrugge Antwerp Westerschelde Oosterschelde Haringvliet Volkerak/ Zoommeer Grevelingen Veerse Meer Polluted sediment Connection loss Extreme eutrophication Cyanobacteria Connectivity Morphological unequilibrium Habitat loss Invasive species Bird problem Stratification Benthic C accumulation Oxygen problems Habitat loss Eutrophication / oxygen Polluted sediments Habitat loss - Dredging

10 source: AHN

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12 nourish ?

13 Building with Nature Use plants and animals to fullfill water management functions ( complementary to traditional engineering solutions )

14 Building with nature -adds nature value -increases landscape attractiveness -is more sustainable -is adaptive -and reduces costs

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19 Approach and proces: collaborate WINN vele RWS diensten en districten Waterschappen Projectbureau Zeeweringen Programmabureau Noordwaard Landschap Hoeksche Waard BAM-infra C-fix BV DHV Ecoconsult SMIT Havenbedrijf Rotterdam Heijmans IMARES INTRON NIOO-CEME RUN SHELL TU Delft UTwente Vandermeerconsulting Ecoshape

20 Approach and process: monitor

21 Approach and process: implement Implement concepts in toolboxes, manuals and policies

22 Future challenges Make Building with Nature common practice: -large-scale applications -generalization of examples and principles -quantification and validation


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