PIANC Survey on implementation of Sediment Beneficial Use

The EnviComWorking Group 214 (WG214, Sediment Beneficial Use) of PIANC has prepared a survey on how Sediment Beneficial Use is implemented globally, which you can find using the following link:  PIANC WG 214 Sediment Beneficial Use Survey. This survey and working group are in large part a follow-up of the recent CEDA Working Group on Beneficial Use of Sediments and it is closely related to the SedNet working group on Sediment and Circular Economy.

We wish to ask all SedNet members with interest or association to Beneficial Sediment Use to complete this survey by November 15.

The survey should not take more than 20 minutes of your time. Our hope is to compile results of the survey and to include those results in the guidance document we are preparing on Sediment Beneficial Use. Results will be published without individual attribution to protect everyone’s privacy. Please take a moment to complete this on-line survey at your earliest convenience.

Thank you for your time and interest in this subject.

Contact: Luca Sittoni and Victor Magar, Co-Chairs PIANC EnviCom WG214

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Flemish Sediment Management Concept

The draft of the (first) “Flemish Sediment Management Concept 2022-2027” is now available for public consultation until the 14th of March 2021. It is a “background document” to (the draft of) the Flemish River Basin Management Plan 2022-2027. Part of the text of the Sediment Management Concept is integrated in the River Basin Management Plan.

The document is in Dutch, with a summary in English. The English summary can be found as “chapter 0” on pages 13 till 19. For those who wish to read the whole document in English we advise to use Google translate. Remarks or suggestions for improvement are welcome and can be mailed to: Edward Van Keer – edward.vankeer@mow.vlaanderen.be

After the public consultation the draft will be revised based on the remarks MOW will have received. The River Basin Management Plan (and background documents) should be approved by the end of 2021.

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SedNet eNews October 2020

Click here for the October 2020 edition of the SedNet eNewsletter.

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SedNet Call for Abstracts Lille 2021

The 12th International SedNet Conference will take place from 29 June – 3 July 2021, in Lille, France. Title: “Sediment Challenges and Opportunities due to Climate Change and Sustainable Development”

A Call for Abstracts is open until 1 December 2020. See the conference webpage for further info.

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Call for presentations SedNet – NaCC workshop

On 10-11 February 2021 a  workshop on Sediment management opportunities to address the climate change challenge will be held, hosted by ISPRA in Rome.
The workshop is organised by the Navigating a Changing Climate partners with the collaboration of SedNet. The event will cover topics such as nature-based solutions, Working with Nature and natural resilience; beneficial use of dredged material in the application of the waste hierarchy; habitat enhancement for improved ecosystem services; and carbon sequestration and management. Speakers will comprise a mix of invited experts and a call for presentations, the latter is now open for submissions – deadline 31 October 2020. Please use this format for abstracts.

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Webinar EurAqua on nature-based solutions

EurAqua (the European Network of Freshwater Research Organisations) organizes on Thursday 11 June 2020, 10.00 – 12.30 CEST within the context of the Green Deal a webinar with the focus on nature-based solutions to increase climate resilience to hydrological extremes and to protect, conserve and enhance EU’s natural capital. This webinar will provide an overview of latest insights on the water challenges and the potential contribution of nature-based solutions to the Green Deal. The webinar will also address the research and innovation challenges and demonstration cases and living labs. See the programme of the webinar.

To register go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8118610648245874444

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JSS – Special Issue

The Special Issue of the Journal of Soils and Sediments about the SedNet conference held last year in Dubrovnik (“Sediment as a dynamic natural resource—from catchment to open sea“) has been recently concluded. It will be published in June-July 2020, but all papers are already accessible on-line. Here is a link to the Preface.

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4th meeting SedNet WG Circular Economy

Due to COVID-19 the 4th meeting of the SedNet Working Group ‘Sediments in Circular Economy’  will NOT be held in Glasgow, but instead be organised online in two sessions:

– 15 April – from 9 to 12 hrs Glasgow time (10 to 13 hrs for most others):
* PFAS and
* mass stabilization

– 16 April – 9 to 12 hrs Glasgow time (10 to 13 for most others):
* upcoming example projects

See for the original meeting info the webpage.

Please inform the SedNet Secretariat if you wish to join the online meeting(s).

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Navigating a Changing Climate conference at COPEDEC

On 19 and 20 November 2020, the Navigating a Changing Climate partners will organise a two-day conference as part of the 10th International Conference on Coastal and Port Engineering in Developing Countries (COPEDEC) to be held in The Philippines, hosted by The Philippine Ports Authority.

The Navigating a Changing Climate initiative’s Action Plan recognises the important role of sediment in many places:

  • Mitigation, notably Blue Carbon – the role of sediments in the support and management of coastal habitats as important carbon sinks; carbon offsetting opportunities
  • How dynamic natural systems, including sediments, might be affected by climate change with potential consequences and challenges for navigation efficiency and safety; related monitoring and adaptive management responses
  • Adaptation and resilience – the role of sediments in sustaining, enhancing or creating habitats that capitalise on natural resilience or help strengthen resilience against the effects of climate change; Working with Nature

The SedNet community might therefore be interested in submitting abstracts against any of the following conference themes:

  • Moving towards ‘net zero’ emissions of greenhouse gases from port infrastructure including the port estate
  • Intermodality and system-level climate change resilience
  • Monitoring and adaptive management for responding to change
  • Climate change adaptation, including theory and practice, methodologies and case studies
  • Optimising operational resilience, including the role of inspection and maintenance
  • Flexible and adaptive infrastructure design; Nature-based solutions to improve navigation infrastructure resilience

See for details NaCC website. Deadline for submitting abstracts is 21 February 2020

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SedNet eNewsletter December 2019

The December-2019 edition of our eNewsletter is online now.

With reports on our activities related to the Water Framework Directive, updates on activities of SedNet Working Groups, first announcement about the 12th International SedNet Conference in 2021, etc.

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