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Nature enriched structures


Low-lying delta areas often use dikes and other hard coastal defence structures to protect the land against flooding, and harbour structures such as piers, docks and jetties for transport purposes. On top of their primary function, these structures are often used by a variety of plants and animals for growing, reproduction, nursery and feeding.

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Water retaining pool in a dike, to enhance biodiversity


Here we consider the following types of structure enrichment:

  • Foreshores in freshwater environments: Replacing the traditional 'hard-cover' design,  vegetated foreshores in freshwater environments have the ability to reduce wave impact, provide en enhance the natural value.  
  • Rich revetments: This concept aims to create biodiverse habitats in the intertidal and subtidal zone of hard structures such as seawalls and harbours. 


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