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CEDA position paper on Adaptive Management published

CEDA is proud to present this new paper which aims to further the debate on Adaptive Management (AM), as an important tool, in managing dredging and reclamation projects in an environmentally friendly manner. The paper has been prepared by the prepared by the CEDA Working Group on Adaptive Management under the remit of the CEDA Environment Commission.

News - PP-AM-WGChairman of the working group, Gerard van Raalte, said “We encourage all stakeholders in this field to carefully look at the opportunities presented by adaptive management, as an alternative to applying the precautionary principle which may lead to inefficient use of resources without delivering environmental gain. 

The position paper is the product of an experienced group of individuals, representing a broad cross section of the industry, from agencies, project owners, and environmental consultants, to contractors. Together, with our vast pool of experience and expertise, we were able to bring together and present the latest knowledge in the application of Adaptive Management.

Even within the Working Group we experienced that working with people from various disciplines, in an open dialogue, is a very fruitful way of achieving a common goal. This is a prerequisite for successfully applying Adaptive Management in dredging and reclamation projects. It was an honour for me to have been invited to lead this Working Group, and I thank my dear colleagues, friends for their excellent contribution.”News - PP-AM-GvRatCEC

CEDA extends its thanks to the following CEDA/WEDA members who volunteered their time and expertise: Gerard van Raalte (Boskalis / Hydronamic - Netherlands) (Chair)), Chris Adnitt (Royal Haskoning DHV - UK), Marijn Huijsmans (Witteveen+Bos - Netherlands), John Kirkpatrick (HR Wallingford - UK), Ram Mohan (Anchor QEA, LLC - USA), Marcel Van Parys (Jan De Nul - Belgium), Henrich Röper (Hamburg Port Authority - Germany) and Craig Vogt (Craig Vogt Inc - USA). The position paper can be downloaded from the from the Resources section of the CEDA website: CEDA position paper: Integrating adaptive environmental management into dredging projects.

Integrating Adaptive Environmental Management into Dredging Projects’ has been prepared in conjunction with the soon to be published CEDA information paper ‘Environmental Monitoring Procedures’.  The activities of the two working groups have been closely harmonized because of the clear interaction and connections between the two subjects. AM is heavily dependent on good monitoring while environmental monitoring itself can be done in an adaptive manner.   

In the photos:

The WG Adaptive Management during their second meeting hosted by Royal HaskoningDHV (l to r): Marcel Van Parys, Henrich Röper, Gerard van Raalte, Marijn Huijsmans, Chris Adnitt , John Kirkpatrick.

Gerard van Raalte joins the CEC meeting in Hamburg from his desk in Papendrecht to discuss the final draft version of the position paper.


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