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Development of new dunes in the Dutch Delta: nature compensation and ‘building with nature’

Meulen, F. et al.

Journal of coastal conservation. VOL 18; NUMBER 5, ; 2014, 505-513 -- OPULUS PRESS AB Part 5; (pages 505-513) -- 2014

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  • Title:
    Development of new dunes in the Dutch Delta: nature compensation and ‘building with nature’
  • Author: Meulen, F.;
    Valk, B.;
    Baars, L.;
    Schoor, E.;
    Woerden, H.
  • Found In: Journal of coastal conservation. VOL 18; NUMBER 5, ; 2014, 505-513
  • Journal Title: Journal of coastal conservation.
  • Subjects: Economics; LCC: RM862; Dewey: 333.9171241
  • Publication Details: OPULUS PRESS AB
  • Language: English
  • Abstract: A new dune area was constructed by beach and foreshore nourishments along the Delfland Coast in the southwestern Netherlands. The new area is intended to be a compensation for losses of existing high quality dunes in nearby areas, due to the use/construction of Maasvlakte 2, the new harbour extension of Rotterdam opening in 2013. The target habitats for compensation include dry grey dunes and moist dune valley grassland. Due to the habitat type, the nourished material had to have a special character. The nourishment was carried out according to a special design and initial development of the new area had to follow certain pathways. In order to meet the compensation requirements in time. Careful monitoring is done to assess whether development of the new habitat is taking place in the direction of the desired target habitats. This paper reports on the construction of the new area and on the first years of development and monitoring. The monitoring mainly concerns development of the abiotic landscape elements, geomorphology, groundwater and soils. The lessons learned from this area are discussed in the light of the development of other recent young nature areas in the sandy Dutch delta coast. This gives new insights for coastal management in general in the context of building with nature.
  • Identifier: Journal ISSN: 1400-0350
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Accrual Information: Quarterly
  • Shelfmark(s): 4958.793500
  • UIN: ETOCRN360976180

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