Rotterdamse rivieroevers verzachten

Softening the river banks of Rotterdam

The ‘River as Tidal Park’ programme is introducing, where possible, BwN measures to soften the river banks. In the Mallegat Park, a dam will be built to create a natural tidal area covering 1.5 hectares. The dam creates the conditions for a tidal area that will be formed by the natural dynamics. In the Nassau dock, a long river bank that is still being designed will combine different functions. The proposed bank will be made from sediment taken out of the dock. It will include the different zones seen in a tidal bank. There are opportunities on the New Waterway and the New Maas to launch restructuring projects.

Softening the river banks of Rotterdam

What are the benefits?

The benefits include the enhancement of natural values and the relationship with the tidal system. The general public will become aware once again that, in a tidal system, the struggle to keep out the water is unremitting. The local projects will enhance regional natural values by attracting fish and birds and by creating mud flats and salt marshes. However, there are other important reasons for the implementation of these projects: leisure, improved flood risk management, improvements to water quality by, for example, making water clear, knowledge development in the field of Building with Nature and the exploitation of regional natural cycles. A range of stakeholders are involved in the ‘River as Tidal Park’ programme.

Dordrecht Stadswerven freshwater tidal zone

Dordrecht Stadswerven freshwater tidal zone

The Stadswerven is a former shipbuilding site where homes will be built. It is located on the peninsula between the Merwede and Wantij rivers. Land will be dug away on the banks of the Merwede, allowing tidal nature to take hold. The tidal zone – which will be created in the early stages – will be an eye-catching asset for the residential area. Rushes, reeds and willows will grow here. An appealing habitat for birds, fish, amphibians and insects will also take shape. Walls for insects and sand martins will be created in the slopes. Dordrecht will leave the existing concrete pile foundations in place as a breakwater. The tidal zone will be an ecological stepping-stone linking Dordrecht to the Biesbosch nature reserve. Dordrecht is planning to use BwN solutions for other developments in the Stadswerven.

Dordrecht Stadswerven freshwater tidal zone

What are the benefits?

An attractive area for walking. Raising awareness that the residents are living outside the dikes because they are in touch with the tidal nature. Contact with the flora of the Biesbosch and a closer relationship with the river. Education, since the nature in the park will be used to teach children more about the environment and nature.

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Applications

Natural embankments and breakwaters, areas of land that can be submerged: discover how to use Building with Nature in the city.

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