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Applying the ecosystem services concept in marine projects
Boerema, A.; Moulaert, I.; Apitz, S.E.; Hack, J.; Boon, A. (2021). Applying the ecosystem services concept in marine projects. Terra et Aqua 164: 40-53
In: Terra et Aqua: International Journal on Public Works, Ports and Waterways Developments. International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC): The Hague. ISSN 0376-6411, more
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  • Boerema, A., more
  • Moulaert, I., more
  • Apitz, S.E.
  • Hack, J.
  • Boon, A.

    Throughout the project cycle, a series of decisions and actions need to be carried out in order to ensure that projects are designed to optimally and cost-effectively deliver their primary objective. Incorporating the ES concept and performing Ecosystem Services Assessments (ESA) supports the project decision-making process in each project cycle stage. A full consideration of ES impacts, interactions and improvements in marine construction projects can result in more sustainable and adaptive solutions for dredging and marine construction projects, providing returns on investment. ES framing can therefore identify critical capital and values to be sustained, opportunities for nature-based solutions and win-win scenarios, while facilitating the consent process and stakeholder dialogue. The maximum benefit from using ES concepts can be expected when applied from the beginning of a project. However, even if applied only in later phases of the project, it can still provide significant context and insights. The purpose of this article is to provide a framework for integrated and interdisciplinary thinking throughout the different steps of the project cycle.

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