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Coastal defence alternatives and nature development perspectives
van der Meulen, F.; van der Maarel, E. (1989). Coastal defence alternatives and nature development perspectives, in: van der Meulen, F. et al. (Ed.) Perspectives in coastal dune management: proceedings of the European Symposium Leiden, September 7-11, 1987 The Netherlands. pp. 183-195
In: van der Meulen, F.; Jungerius, P.D.; Visser, J. (Ed.) (1989). Perspectives in coastal dune management: proceedings of the European Symposium Leiden, September 7-11, 1987 The Netherlands. SPB Academic Publishing: Den Haag. ISBN 90-5103-025-8. 334 pp., more

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Document type: Conference paper

Keywords
    Alternatives; Coast defences; Dunes; Ecology; Management; Marine

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  • van der Meulen, F.
  • van der Maarel, E.

Abstract
    Coastal defence is a major function of Dutch dunes. The dunes protect extensive, densely populated low-lying hinterlands. Defence measures are costly. They have tamed the natural dynamics of the dunes and tend to decrease their conservation values. While accepting coastal defence as a primary function. how and to which extent can we (re)introduce dynamics? We present ideas on combinations of civil technics and nature technics. valuable from the viewpoint of ecologists. Alternatives which add to the natural values of the dunes and could even be cheaper than the prevailing ones challenge ecologists. engineers and politicians.

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