Sand and sustainability in the marine sector
Gain insight into the marine aggregates industry response to the launch of the 2022 report published by the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP), highlighting the current state of sand and sustainability within the marine sector. This webinar is supported by the European Marine Sand and Gravel Group (EMSAGG).
With sand being a crucial part of our marine ecosystems and infrastructure development, it has a major influence on noet not only the livelihood of our communities, but also biodiversity. It is no secret that the mismanagement of sand as a resource can lead to catastrophic impacts across many sectors, through excessive dredging, extraction and transferring of marine sands. Unfortunately, across many parts of the world this remains ungoverned and poorly regulated.
In 2022, UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) published ‘Sand and sustainability: 10 Strategic Recommendations to Avert a Crisis’. This investigated the environmental and social consequences that have been largely overlooked by industry and proposes various solutions to the crisis we find ourselves in today.
This webinar will dive deeper into the response from industry since the release of this report. Hear from a key member of the UNEP team that produced the document, along with other members of the European marine aggregate industry who will share their story of national response to the report. Join this webinar to learn about the different perspectives of this report from across Europe and participate in a live Q&A session with the expert panel.
For the past 25 years, EMSAGG has worked to identify developments and information needs for the marine sand and gravel constituents concerning all aspects of the industry across Europe.
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Who should attend
- Hear directly from UNEP and European marine aggregate experts on the management of sand and sustainability.
- Learn about approaches to management of sand and overall plans for sustainability currently used in several European countries.
- Participate in a live Q&A session and share experience with EMSAGG members spanning Europe.
- Earn valuable CPD.
- Coastal managers and engineers
- Environmental regulators
- Consenting authorities
- Government organisations with interest in use of sand and gravel and re-use of dredged material
Welcome and introduction
Jack Young, Project Manager, CIRIA
Introduction to Sand and Sustainability
Cees Laban, Chair of EMSAGG and
Marine Geologist, Marine Geological Advice
UNEP perspective – one year on from the sand and sustainability report
Arnaud Vander Velpen, Sand and Aggregates Expert, UNEP
10:35 Sand mining in the Netherlands: current and future challenges
Tommer Vermaas, Coastal Geologist, Deltares
10:50 Sand as a resource, best practices from the dredging industry
Jan Fordeyn, Director Project Development & Conceptual Design,
Jan De Nul
Interactive discussion and Q&A
Interested in speaking and want to know more about the topics we will cover? We would like to hear from you - please contact Jack Young
for more details.
Wednesday 4 October 2023
10:00 – 11:45
Free to attend
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