Smartsediment: rebalancing biodiversity and ecosystem services of the delta

The project Smartsediment aims to rebalance the biodiversity, waterbed and ecosystem services in the delta by cleverly handling the available sediment and the waterbed.

Throughout this trajectory, solutions are being sought for the erosion of tidal flats in the Oosterschelde and the disappearance of quiet shallows in the Westerschelde and Zeeschelde. The main focus is on the Roggenplaat, an essential part of the intertidal zone in the estuary of the Oosterschelde. 200 ha of the sandbank will be raised to prevent further erosion, allowing migratory birds and seals to continue to use this area as a food resource. Together with the Flemish Government, the province of Zeeland investigates, amongst other things, the effects of dredging, dumping and moving sediment at 15 locations in the delta. The waterbed ecology in the Beneden Zeeschelde and Westerschelde is monitored using Sediment Profile Imaging (SPI) technology, which photographs the upper 10 to 15 cm of the waterbed. This initiative contributes to the EU strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and to economic, social and territorial cohesion.

The project Smartsediment is funded within the Interreg V programme Flanders-The Netherlands, the cross-border cooperation programme with financial support of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Project period

2015 - 2020

European programme

Interreg VA Vlaanderen Nederland (2014-2020)

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