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CEDA invited to share expertise at Madrid Seminar

Dredged Material Management: Best practice examples for beneficial use and contaminated sediments

23rd May 2016, Puertos del Estado, Madrid, Spain

Madrid Spanish Guidelines CoverCEDA Environmental Commission (CEC) has been invited to take part in a one-day conference on best practice in dredged material management, on 23rd May, in Madrid, Spain. Hosted by Puertos del Estado and Magrama, the event will feed into forthcoming revision to the Spanish Dredged Material Guidelines. The current version of the Spanish guidelines has been endorsed by CIEM (Interministerial Commission on Marine Strategies) and is in an intermediate phase before its approval as a Royal Decree. A revision work has been opened that allow to slightly modify the current contents, in particular Annex VI which is on beneficial use of dredged material.

A specially invited audience of international and Spanish experts in the field will share knowledge through discussion and presentations covering sustainable solutions from technical, economic and environmental angles. 

CEC - 2016 - AntwerpMembers of the CEC are pleased to have such an excellent opportunity to exchange knowledge, and provide valuable input into the new Spanish Guidelines and relevant Appendices. After a welcome by Mr. D. Álvaro Rodriguez Dapena, Director of Puertos del Estado, CEDA President, Polite Laboyrie, will set the scene for the day, and expert speakers from the CEC and the host country will discuss current practice and lessons learned. Using case studies, from Europe and the US, they will look at how others have made beneficial use of dredged materials, worked with the natural environment, and dealt with the challenges presented by contaminated sediment. Finally, following a panel discussion, they will share their thoughts on future amends to the Spanish Dredged Material Guidelines.

Invited guests are Spanish and CEDA international experts involved in dredged material management and those involved in development of the Spanish Dredged Material Guidelines. They represent organisations including government agencies, port authorities, consultants and dredging contractors. Among the invited delegates will be 35 experts from Spain, from 12 port authorities and 6 other organisations. The event will be in Spanish and English with simultaneous translation.

CEC members hope that, in addition to informing the amendments to the Spanish Dredged Material Guidelines, the event will provide a source of useful practical examples for implementing those guidelines and will also inform the CEDA Information Paper on Beneficial Use of Dredged Materials the work on which will start shortly.

In the picture: CEC members planning the seminar during their spring meeting in Antwerp, hosted by CEDA Corporate Member IMDC, with two of the speakers, Henrich Roeper, Hamburg Ports Authority, Germany (seconf from left) and Astrid Kramer, Boskalis, the Netherlands (right.