COP26 Climate Change and Sediment Management Pledge

Climate change is an existential threat.  In the lead up to COP26, commitment to tackling the climate and ecological emergencies has never been greater. There is a need for urgent action, across all sectors, to decarbonise – while at the same time strengthening resilience and adapting to the changing climate.

Sediment managers – scientists and researchers, water managers, port and waterway operators, flood protection managers and similar, as well as those in the dredging and construction sector – all have an important role to play.

Sediments are an integral part of aquatic systems, the building block for natural habitats and an inherent component of many ecosystem services.  Sediments and their associated aquatic habitats – blue carbon stocks – also play a vital role in sequestering and storing carbon.

An outcome of the virtual workshop ‘Sediment management opportunities to address the climate change challenge’ hosted by Navigating a Changing Climate and SedNet is an ambitious but realistic – and very necessary – COP26 Sediment Management and Climate Change Pledge.

SedNet and the NavClimate partners ask organisations that recognise the importance of these issues and the need to work with these critical, inter-related natural processes, to endorse the pledge, and to work with us to identify and deliver solutions that benefit not only climate and nature, but also society and economy.

Many organisations are already (in the process of) endorsing this pledge. If your organisation is committed too and wish to have their logo added to the COP26 Pledge, please contact the SedNet Secretariat, confirming your endorsement of the Pledge and providing:

  • your organisation’s name and logo
  • the name and position of the person making this pledge
  • your contact details if different from the above 

The COP26 Pledge has been launched on 8 November 2021 during COP26. See the Press Release.

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New deadline for papers for a Special Issue of JSS

Authors of abstracts that have been selected for oral or poster presentation at the 12th International SedNet Conference, held online from 28 June – 2 July 2021, are invited to submit an extended paper for a Special Issue of the Journal of Soils and Sediments  Sediment Challenges and Opportunities due to Climate Change and Sustainable Development”. This Special Issue is anticipated to be published in 2022.

Each author can submit one manuscript for publication. Please note that no more than one manuscript per participant will be considered.

Manuscripts should be prepared in the strict format of the Journal of Soils and Sediments. Recommended number of pages is 6 to 8. The instructions for authors can be found at:

https://www.springer.com/environment/soil+science/journal/11368

Authors can submit manuscripts and should select “SI: Sediment challenges and opportunities” as the article type when they submit their manuscript through the on-line Editorial Management system.

New deadline:
Manuscripts should be submitted by 20 November 2021.

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Presentations 12th SedNet conference

12th International SedNet conference (online), from 28 June -2 July 2021
Sediment Challenges and Opportunities due to Climate Change and Sustainable Development
in partnership with BRGM and the Hauts-de-France Region

Simultaneous event with I2SM 7th International Symposium on Sediment Management

Presentations and abstracts of presentations are now available on the conference webpages.

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Call for reviewers for the Special Issue of JSS

It is anticipated that in 2022 a Special Issue of the Journal of Soils and Sediments will be published on the SedNet conference theme of 2021 Sediment Challenges and Opportunities due to Climate Change and Sustainable Development”.

SedNet needs reviewers for papers (to be) submitted for this Special Issue.

If you are interested in reviewing papers, please contact the SedNet Secretariat and/or Dr. Jasmina Obhodas, and indicate your expertise to us: 

  • Sediment management and assessment – concepts and policies
  • Climate change and sediments
  • Emerging substances / PFAS / Microplastics
  • Impacts of disturbed sediment continua and mitigation measures
  • (Re)Using sediment to create, keep or restore habitats
  • Circular economy
  • Sediments in coastal-marine management and EU strategies
  • Other (please specify)

 

 

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Call for papers for a Special Issue of JSS

Authors of abstracts that have been selected for oral or poster presentation at the 12th International SedNet Conference, to be held online from 28 June – 2 July 2021, are invited to submit an extended paper for a Special Issue of the Journal of Soils and Sediments  Sediment Challenges and Opportunities due to Climate Change and Sustainable Development”. This Special Issue is anticipated to be published in 2022.

Each author can submit one manuscript for publication. Please note that no more than one manuscript per participant will be considered.

Manuscripts should be prepared in the strict format of the Journal of Soils and Sediments. Recommended number of pages is 6 to 8. The instructions for authors can be found at:

https://www.springer.com/environment/soil+science/journal/11368

Authors can submit manuscripts and should select “SI: Sediment challenges and opportunities” as the article type when they submit their manuscript through the on-line Editorial Management system.

New deadline:
Manuscripts should be submitted by 1 November 2021.

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Workshop NavClimate-SedNet 10-11 Feb 2021

The presentations given during the online workshop Sediment management opportunities to address the climate change challenge, organised by the Navigating a Changing Climate partners with the collaboration of SedNet, are now online:
Programme with pdfs of Presentations and Abstracts 

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Workshop NavClimate-SedNet 10-11 Feb 2021

Online workshop Sediment management opportunities to address the climate change challenge.
The workshop is organised by the Navigating a Changing Climate partners with the collaboration of SedNet.
The workshop will comprise two consecutive half-day sessions.  Its aim is to facilitate knowledge exchange, disseminate good practice, highlight opportunities, and identify gaps in understanding or research needs in relation to the four topics mentioned below, with an emphasis on ports, waterways, dredging and associated infrastructure/ activities.
It promises to be an inspiring workshop for sediment practitioners (policy and management) as well as scientists. Invited key-note speakers and selected abstracts will address in the following (non-parallel) sessions – with room for Q&A – these four topics:

1. Role of sediment management in carbon sequestration and storage: opportunities to contribute to a net reduction in greenhouse gas emissions;

2. Sediments and climate change adaptation: seeking flexible and adaptive solutions to strengthen resilience and adapt port and navigation infrastructure and operations;

3. Habitat enhancement and creation, Working-with-Nature and other nature-based solutions;

4. Sediment management, circular economy and the waste hierarchy: reduce, reuse, recycle.

The four workshop sessions conclude with a panel discussion and an interactive session with the audience to determine:

– Key climate change-related challenges for sediment managers;

– Key opportunities for sediment management to contribute to addressing the climate change challenge;

– Key topics for further research and development.

For more detailed information on this workshop see the Programme. 

To register for participation please email the SedNet Secretariat before 6 February.

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Workshop “Sediment management opportunities to address the climate change challenge”

Please save Wednesday 10 February 2021 afternoon and Thursday 11 February 2021 morning in your 2021-diary for the on-line workshop “Sediment management opportunities to address the climate change challenge”.

This workshop is organised by Navigating a Changing Climate (NavClimate) and SedNet.
NavClimate is a PIANC-led Global Climate Action initiative under the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) ‘non-state actor’ process, set up to promote the sharing of knowledge on how ports and waterborne transport infrastructure can reduce emissions and adapt to climate change.

See for further information here.

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Green airports and ports as hubs for sustainable and smart mobility

The SedNet workgroup Sediments in Circular Economy (WGCE) is interested to work with partners on the EU HORIZON2020 Green airports and ports as hubs for sustainable and smart mobility call, focusing on the sediment related topics.

In short, the expertise of WGCE is with anything sediment related. From dredging and sediments as part of a ports asset management to innovative solution with sediment, reducing the Green House Gas (GHG) emissions by alternative dredging technologies, finding local solutions for sediment applications with or without strengthening of the sediment. If you wish to get in contact with us, please mail the SedNet WGCE chair Bruno Lemière or co-chair Arjan Wijdeveld or contact one of the members who are interested in this call directly:

    • Port of Rotterdam
      • (m.wensveen@portofrotterdam.com)
      • End user
    • Deltares
      • (Arjan.Wijdeveld@deltares.nl)
      • Knowledge institute
    • BRGM
      • (B.Lemiere@brgm.fr)
      • Knowledge institute
    • Ixsane
      • (tristan.debuigne@ixsane.com)
      • SME
    • Van Oord
      • (Jurre.deVries@vanoord.com)
      • Dredger
    • SEA Environmental Decisions Ltd. (Sabina Apitz)
      • (drsea@cvrl.org)
      • Consultant

 

For details about the Call click here.

For details about the work of the SedNet working group Sediments in Circular Economy click here.

 

 

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12th International SedNet Conference

The deadline for submitting abstracts for the 12th SedNet conference “Sediment Challenges and Opportunities due to Climate Change and Sustainable Development” (29 June – 2 July 2021) has been extended to 4 January 2021.
Please see the conference webpage for the full text of the Call for Abstracts and the template for submission of abstracts

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