Invitation Smartsediment webinar october 6th

You are invited to join the upcoming Smartsediment webinar: the disappearance of sandbars and shallow water areas is endangering birds, fish and seals in the Dutch en Flanders Scheldt-delta. Smartsediment has been working on rebalancing the biodiversity and other delta functions with innovative sediment strategies.

About the webinar:

  • 6 October 2020 – 11:30 – 12:00 CEST
  • Send an e-mail to for registration
  • An online presentation moderated by Johanna Neyt, EU-representative for Provincie Zeeland (NL)

The European Commission has adopted the new EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 and an associated Action Plan for protecting nature and reversing the degradation of ecosystems. Smartsediment worked in estuarine and coastal ecosystems which can play an important role in future climate change adaptation and mitigation. Yet many of these ecosystems continue to degrade or disappear due to human population increase and development pressures.

The EU Interreg project Smartsediment aimed at restoring biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Scheldt Delta by implementing and learning from innovative sediment management (‘smart sediment solutions’). The knowledge and experiences gathered in Smartsediment can be transferred to similar deltas and coastal areas worldwide, as climate change will impact especially these intertidal habitats. Join our webinar to hear more!

Program outline

  • Welcome bij Johanna Neyt and introduction of European Commissioner for Biodiversity
  • Presentation and video’s of Smartsediment projects:
    • Suppletion of the biggest sandbar in the Eastern Scheldt (Eric van Zanten – Rijkswaterstaat)
    • Combining new intertidal area and cleaning up Fort Sint-Filips near Antwerp (Michael De Beukelaer-Dossche – De Vlaamse Waterweg nv)
    • Working on an ESD-tool: identifying ‘nature profits’ (Frederik Roose – Mobiliteit en Open Werken Vlaanderen)
  • Learnings for the future and other deltas in Europe (Tjeerd Bouma – NIOZ)


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