Organisation: Environment Agency
Location: UK and Ireland
Type: Technical Support & Training
This handbook, “Restoring Estuarine and Coastal Habitats with Dredged Sediment”, provides conceptual, practical and regulatory guidance on the beneficial use of sediments arising from dredging activities across the UK.
Beneficial use is a tool, providing the geomorphological and physical conditions required for successful restoration. The guidance provided can therefore be applied to support the restoration of coastal and estuarine habitats.
The handbook is aimed at a range of individuals and organisations including local communities and coastal partnerships, policy makers, nature conservation bodies and others interested, or involved in, dredging, coastal management and habitat restoration. It aims to support the restoration of estuarine and coastal habitats and the more sustainable management of sediment resources, with benefits including, but not limited to improved biodiversity, water quality, carbon sequestration and adaption to climate risks.
Overall, this handbook aims to support greater application of small scale feasibility projects, as well as larger, more complex beneficial use projects.
This handbook is one of a quartet of restoration guidelines, developed alongside those for native oyster reefs, seagrass meadows and saltmarshes.
Partners: Environment Agency, Cefas, ABPmer.