Project Summary

The project aim is to increase sediment reuse for erosion and flood protection. We will provide authorities, port and waterway managers and erosion experts with new large scale solutions for sediment reuse in NWE ports, waterways and coastlines.

Climate change, erosion and flood risk increase require greater mitigation measures, consuming high volumes of natural resources. However, dredged sediments are a problem for EU ports/waterways providing navigation access with 200 million m3/y (80 million tonnes dry weight) generated. Increased social and environmental pressures show the critical need for new solutions to maintain and develop activity. Currently, more than 99% of EU marine sediment dredged is dumped at sea/managed as waste, with only 1% (800 000 t/year) reused. In SURICATES, 220 000t of sediment will be used in 4 new solutions as raw material to build resilient flood/erosion protection systems. We target an increase in the number of sediment reuse projects in NWE to drive sediment reuse to 1.3 Mt/y after 5 years, and 2.3Mt/y after 10 years in the EU. From the CEAMaS project national/global potential interest in reuse strategies demonstration, we will provide support for erosion/flood risk market development with local impact optimisation of sediment reuse. We will implement tools and methods for global impact quantification at regional scale using social, economic, employment and environmental modelling and we will test eco-innovative techniques in real-life conditions providing long term impact evaluation and guidelines for replication: riverbank strengthening, regeneration of harbour/river banks and beach nourishment.

Pilot implementation with long term impacts on territories is planned within the project for UK and NL. Networking activities for dissemination and operational guidance illustrated by 3 new projects for Fr, UK and IE will be developed and shared with local, national and EU authorities for implementation on project completion.

Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Contact name Address Email Website
Université de Lille Sciences et Technologies Eric Masson UFR de géographie et d’Aménagement Avenue Paul Langevin, Cité Scientifique
Villeneuve d’Ascq
Name Contact Name Email Country
Cork Institute of Technology Joe Harrington Ireland
Deltares Arjan Wijdeveld Netherlands
University of Strathclyde Richard Lord United Kingdom
Port of Rotterdam Marco Wensveen Netherlands
University College Cork, National University of Ireland Gerry Sutton France
IXSANE Mohammed Boumahdi France
Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières Bruno Lemiere France
British Waterways T/A Scottish Canals Alasdair Hamilton United Kingdom
Association pour la Recherche et le Développement des Méthodes et Processus Industriels Mahfoud Benzerzour France

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