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Rich revetments 

Structural works, like dikes are mostly designed from a safety point of view. Optimization for enhancing ecological functions is not often considered in the design phase. The objective of rich revetments is (besides coastal protection) to contribute to the ecological value of a dike. The aim is to create a net positive contribution to natural value of the dike section. Other objectives are to create educational opportunities and to raise awareness of designers, constructors, students and visitors.

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How to Use


To determine the feasibility and design of a Rich Revetment project guidance is presented below. As a first step of the design process an analysis of the planned works and its bordering ecosystem is needed. On the basis of conceptual design principles a technical design can be realized and budgeted.

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Practical Applications


A number of different field cases are presented on the right side, providing applications of the concept of Rich Revetment. Design or application can greatly differ among sites, depending on goals (coastal protection, nature development, retention) and specific local conditions. For example, depth and wave exposure determine what design is best applicable. Rich revetment structures are typically applied in shallow environments with limited wave exposure. Experiences from specific cases can be used as inspiration for future designs. For more information on the Building with Nature cases we refer to the case description pages.

The depth and wave exposure determine what type of design is best applicable   The depth and wave exposure determine what type of design is best applicable


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