In the field of coastal defense and riverbank protection, we are continuously looking for creative ways to establish the right conditions to enhance nature. By increasing our multidisciplinary knowledge we strive to contribute to climate adaptation for both the environment and our business. The development and application of large-scale artificial reefs is one of those innovations, making Boskalis an industry leader.
The goal of the Boskalis Artificial Reefs Program (ARP) is to provide solutions for environmental enrichment in our offering to clients by using artificial reef technology as an enabler for marine infrastructure or coastal protection works. Furthermore, artificial reefs can support the development and conservation of marine ecosystem cornerstone species such as corals and herbivorous fish.
The ARP relates directly to the objectives in our corporate sustainability strategy, more specifically with regard to the focus areas biodiversity and climate change mitigation. Some examples of how the ARP is making a difference is through the application of artificial reefs in living breakwaters to form a synergy between coastal protection and ecosystems (i.e. our Endless Reef technology). Knowledge development on (artificial) reefs leads to scientifically and ecologically founded solutions for projects executed in environmentally sensitive areas through mitigating and enhancing designs.
Whether it concerns coastal protection, ecological restoration and/or fisheries management, Boskalis aims to provide fit-for-purpose solutions with a clear business case. To achieve this, we engage in strong strategic partnerships with parties who are at the forefront of (modular) engineering. Boskalis hereby enables and provides opportunities for pilots, tenders and awarded projects. We also provide key insights/technical requirements for artificial reef designs in challenging environments. In return, the strategic partners provide us with a diverse range of artificial reef options to serve our clients and markets.
Artificial Reefs Program Pilots
The Artificial Reefs Program integrates knowledge, business and cooperation developments, culminating in pioneering pilot projects across the globe. Below you will find an overview of our pilot projects.
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For more information about our Artificial Reefs Program, please contact Paul Peters
(Program Lead and Environmental Engineer).