Coastal Degradation

Innovations

Innovation Idea 7: Ecoplage

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ECOPLAGE is specialized in the installation of dewatering systems under the beach to: fight against erosion or use sea water as a local resource for air-conditioning, feed fish farms.

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NIRAS has prepared an innovative idea and a well-defined programme with a clear purpose of elaborating Shoreline Management Planning (SMP) Guidelines for each member state engaging all key stakeholders in a participatory SMP process.

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Our proposal is also a true, sustainable and innovative way of a Nature Based coastal-protection Solution (NBS). A method to re-establish lost coastal-ecosystems & biodiversity, both above and below water and a transparent solution of true value-creation for coastal citizens, generating socio-economic benefits of ecosystem goods and services, including: seafood, building materials, herbal medicines, nutrient recycling, carbon storage & uptake, pollution filtering, reducing social unjustice and bringing new and rewarding employment, requiring new skills for the coastal-communities, in a way never ever before designed and realised by men anywhere.

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In our CoastalProtect Africa project, we provide a new and disruptive method of extracting wave energy to reduce erosion at the coast, while simultaneously providing much-needed desalinated water and electricity to nearby coastal communities. CoastalProtect Africa’s multi-purpose technology will have a clear and  measurable reduction in coastal erosion, and is implementable within a 2-3 year timeframe. Highly scalable to other coasts in WACA countries of interest and beyond, CoastalProtect Africa will deliver much needed socio-economic and environmental co-benefits. The technology is proven and has undergone extensive testing over several years.

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With BESand, the Blue Energy Sand-Bypass System, IMDC offers a UNIQUE, INNOVATIVE and FEASIBLE solution to fight coastal erosion associated with the ongoing development of large commercial ports. In many cases port infrastructure intersects the littoral drift, which leads to erosion downdrift. 

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Together with the Dutch government (Rijkswaterstaat) IHC established an innovation partnership focused on the reduction of emissions of coastal protection works, while maintaining cost-efficient price levels.

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Port developments around the world, West Africa included, often impact the coastal environment, posing challenges like erosion and degradation of environment with negative socio-economic implications.

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This transnational bypassing scheme will be principally funded through a public-private pooled dredging fund financed by the port operators/authorities and other involved in port and coastal operation.

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WAC-App is an open-access, easy-to-use, interactive online application that gives insight into the effects of coastal interventions. 

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