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NEW! DELTA - Ports and Nature,Striking a New Balance
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The NW European region contains some of the world’s busiest ports, many of which are located next to coastal areas of world ecological importance. Increasing sea traffic requires larger ports with deeper harbours and extended breakwaters, which is likely to increase pressure on already fragile habitats. The objective of the 6.75 M euro NWE Delta project, which is led by the Province of South Holland, is to foster the growth of ports across the region while enhancing adjacent coastal [...]
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 NEW! DELTA - Ports and Nature,Striking a New Balance

Lead Partner:
Province of South Holland (PSH)
P.O. Box 90602, 2509 LP, The Hague
NL
Tel +31 70 441 7536
Fax +31 70 441 7948

Contact:
Mr. Carel Harmsen
Project Manager
Harmsenc@pzh.nl

Measure: 5.2

Start date: 2003/01/01
End date: 2007/06/30

ERDF Grant: € 3 208 178
Total eligible cost: € 6.7 M€


Partners involved:

NL - Province of South Holland (PSH)

BE - Ministry of Flemish Community (AWZ)

BE - Port Authority of Antwerp (POA)

BE - Institute for Infrastructure, Environment and Innovation (IMI)

FR - Ministère de l’Ecologie et du Développement Durable represented by DIREN – Direction Régionale de l’Environnement de Haute-Normandie (MED)

FR - Port Autonome de Rouen (ROU)

NL - Port of Rotterdam (Havendrijf Rotterdam N.V.) (POR)

NL - ALTERRA Green World Research (ALT)

NL - Delft University of Technology (TUD)

UK - ABPmer (ABP)


Project type: Action


Summary
The North West European region contains some of the world’s busiest ports, many of which are located next to coastal areas of world ecological importance. Increasing sea traffic requires larger ports with deeper harbours and extended breakwaters, which is likely to increase pressure on already fragile habitats. The objective of the 6.75 M euro NEW! Delta project, which is led by the Province of South Holland, is to foster the growth of ports across the region while enhancing adjacent coastal environments. The main two projects will be the creation of bird breeding and foraging grounds at the port of Antwerp and the restoration of dunes in the Netherlands’ De Zilk area. NEW! Delta will also develop guidance on sustainable dredging strategies. The need to maintain Europe’s common competitive position requires trans-national co-operation between NW Europe’s ports, which will benefit from sharing lessons in managing the often unpredictable consequences of development on sensitive environments.

Objectives
The overall aim of the project is to promote sustainable development in North-West Europe coastal, estuary and port areas in a way that nature conservation is best served. The NEW! Delta project balances improving the environment on the one hand and economic growth on the other. Against the background of the European Birds and habitats Directives, the NEW! Delta project seeks to foster the protection of the Natura 2000 sites as an integral part of economic port and estuary edvelopment. At the same time NEW! Delta provides opportunities for social, economic and maritime benefits

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cities&regions transport&it water&flood risks nature&heritage seas&ports