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Sand Engine Delfland - Project team

The Province of South-Holland initiated the Delfland Sand Motor, driven by the wish to give nature and recreation in the area a boost and to have an icon of innovation. The Province prepared the pilot in close collaboration with various parties:

  • the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment - Rijkswaterstaat (responsible for long-term coastal safety by maintaining the coast line and the sediment volume of the coastal foundation),
  • the Water Board of Delfland (responsible for flood defence system maintenance),
  • the Westland municipality (as the project is partly located in their area of jurisdiction),
  • the municipalities of the Hague and of Rotterdam (as the project is for a small part located in their area of jurisdiction),
  • Milieufederatie Zuid Holland (environmental NGO),
  • the World Wildlife Fund (International NGO) and
  • Ecoshape: a consortium of dredging contractors, consultancy firms and research institutes.

 

During the planning phase several alternative designs of a Sand Motor were studied, scenarios for sustainable long-term nourishment strategies were evaluated by research institutes and Environmental Impact Assessments were made by consultancy firms (all being Ecoshape partners). In these studies as well as in workshops experts from several disciplines were involved: morphologists, ecologists and dredging operation specialists. During the workshops all stakeholders were represented.

 

In preparation for construction dredging contractors (being Ecoshape partners) were integrated in the project team to decide on optimal construction procedures.

 

During construction regular management and user meetings were organised to inform the stakeholders. To ensure swimmer and beach safety the Coastal Lifeguard was closely involved and information meetings were organised.

 

The research program to evaluate coastal development after construction is coordinated jointly by the Ministry of Public Works and EcoShape and is funded partly by the European Union under the European Program for Regional Development (EFRO).

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