Partners of the Building with Nature project meet in Germany
“Sand is a material that is already moving and moving naturally”, explains Birgit Matelski, Head of the Department of Aquatic Ecology and Coastal Protection of the LKN, looking back at the meeting .Since man has been able to transport large amounts of sand by excavating and flushing vessels, he uses them in many regions for coastal protection. In the Building with Nature project LKN wants to use their pilot project Basewad (Balancing sediment deficit in the Wadden Sea) to bring their knowledge, but also their questions and benefit from the experiences of other countries. To preserve the west coast of Sylt in 1972 sand was washed on for the first time. Since 1984 this was done annually. Now the point is to gain insights as to whether and how the sand that has been introduced at the beaches and in the coastal area can also benefit the Wadden Sea, so that the sedimentation can keep up with the expected sea level rise.
During an excursion to Sylt, the project members were impressed by the work LKN had done there. Egon Baldal, project leader of the Building with Nature project, said: "It is great when international experts exchange so much and are willing to learn from each other. Every coast and every water has its peculiarities, and yet there are parallels on which discussions can build. "
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