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Ports and Nature, Striking a New Balance

Acronym: NEW! DELTA
Period: January 2003 till June 2007
Status: Completed

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  • Provincie Zuid-Holland, more, co-ordinator
  • Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Mobiliteit en Openbare Werken; Vlaams Ministerie van Mobiliteit en Openbare Werken; Agentschap voor Maritieme Dienstverlening en Kust; Afdeling Kust, more, partner
  • Gemeentelijk Havenbedrijf Antwerpen (GHA), more, partner
  • Ministerie van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap, more, partner

NEW! Delta is a European project involving ten partners from France, the United Kingdom, Belgium and the Netherlands. The project’s overall aim is to strike a new balance between ports and nature, promoting the sustainable development of ports and port-related activities in North-West European estuaries and coasts, in balance with the protection of nature, particularly as embodied in the European Natura 2000 network. This overall aim has been pursued through four specific objectives:

to contribute to a level playing field for competition by avoiding the uneven application of the Birds and Habitats Directives (BHD) across EU member states;
to offer practical guidance on dealing with Natura 2000;
to contribute to a European partner network in these fields; and
to promote information access and the transfer of information.
To achieve these objectives, NEW! Delta has delivered practical guidelines, set up a partner network and implemented investment projects to develop practical experience. The work covered seven themes:

1. Pooling resources for Natura 2000

2. Establishment of ecological goals and indicators

3. Creation and restoration of coastal and estuarine habitats

4. Cross-sectoral long-term port and estuary visions

5. Cause-effect relationships

6. Sustainable dredging strategies

7. Coastal morphology and coastal defences in the vicinity of ports

The investment projects were located at the Port of Antwerp and the De Zilk dunes on the Dutch coast.

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