It is our aim to lead the industry in developing nature-based solutions to protect and enhance coastal ecosystems. We see partnerships and collaboration as the backbone of our approach to help achieve this ambition. We can achieve much more by working together with others, sharing our knowledge and learning from each other. In the coming years that means we will continue to work with our clients and other stakeholders to scale and improve our Building with Nature offering.
Nature Based Solutions
Since it was founded in 2008, we have been a leading partner in theEcoShape consortium, which is dedicated to developing and implementing the Building with Nature methodology. This is a design philosophy with an inclusive planning process comprising hydrologists, ecologists, social specialists and engineers working jointly with local communities and governments, NGOs and other stakeholders to develop sustainable solutions that meet local needs.
Early 2020 we signed a new collaboration withWetlands International, the global NGO dedicated to the safeguarding and restoring of wetlands. Together we will explore the potential enhance and restore coastal wetland habitats that not only support coastal protection and fisheries but store some of the world’s largest quantities of carbon. The signed agreement will see us first focus on developing the expertise and knowledge of ‘blue carbon’ ecosystems that can contribute to climate targets, adaptation and biodiversity conservation. ‘Blue carbon’ refers to the carbon stored by the world’s coastal ecosystems, mostly mangroves, salt marshes and seagrasses.
Whilst our work can contribute to biodiversity creation, we recognize our activities can negatively impact habitats and species. We take this seriously and during project implementation we work with our clients and adapt and optimize our working methods with the aim to avoid, reduce or mitigate such effects. Every project we work on is unique and requires us to apply project specific solutions.
Our ISO14001 Environmental Management Certification applies across all our business units. We embed environmental considerations into our Way of Working quality management system, for example, through environmental risk evaluation or analysis of stakeholders early in the project lifecycle.
Our Fleet management system and crew training ensures our environmental management measures are applied on board our vessels.