Addressing Climate Change Challenges with Sediment Management – Rome, Feb 2021

Addressing Climate Change Challenges with Sediment Management - Rome, Feb 2021

Date(s) - 10/02/2021 - 11/02/2021
All Day

“Addressing climate change challenges with sediment management”

Call for workshop presentation papers by 31 October 2020

PIANC’s Navigating a Changing Climate and SedNet are collaborating to run a workshop in Feb 2021 (planned for Rome, Italy but may be online due to Covid-19)  exploring areas of common interest.

The workshop, entitled “Addressing climate change challenges with sediment management”, is planned to comprise two consecutive half-day sessions. Its aim is to facilitate knowledge exchange, disseminate good practice, highlight opportunities, and identify gaps in understanding or research needs in relation to the following topics, with an emphasis on ports, waterways, dredging and associated infrastructure/activities: 

1. Role of sediment management in carbon sequestration and storage: opportunities to contribute to a net reduction in GHG emissions 

2. Sediments and climate change adaptation: seeking flexible and adaptive solutions to strengthen resilience and adapt port and navigation infrastructure and operations 

3. Habitat enhancement and creation, Working with Nature and other nature-based solutions: using nature to strengthen the natural resilience of ports and waterways including sediment use (e.g. sand-engine and dunes) for protection against flooding 

4. Sediment management, circular economy and the waste hierarchy: reduce (e.g. reduce the need for extraction of virgin aggregate); reuse (e.g. shift perceptions of sediment from a waste to a resource); recycle (e.g. optimising sediment placement) 

5. Emerging issues and opportunities: enabling contributors to the workshop to offer presentations on other sediment management and climate change-related topics, such as how to prevent climate change-induced flooding eroding and remobilising historically contaminated sediments and soils from upstream river banks and transporting them downstream; or how changed environmental conditions may affect sediment quality guidelines. 

 Those interested in making a presentation at this workshop are encouraged to use the attached template to prepare a one-page overview (abstract). Format-for-abstracts-NavClimate-SedNet

The completed template which should be received by 31 October 2020, should be submitted as a Word document attached to an email to the SedNet Secretariat ( and copied to The email title line should be clearly marked with the main author’s surname and ‘NavClimate-SedNet workshop presentation offer’.