Gemeente Delfzijl is trots op resultaat gebiedsontwikkeling waterfront

Hans Punter, Jornand Veldman & Arjen Bosch

Eemsdelta, ecologie & economie, waterfront Delfzijl, gebiedsontwikkeling, samenwerking

In 2009 startte de gemeente Delfzijl een integraal kustproject om slepende teloorgang van het maritieme karakter van de stad te keren. De gekozen integrale benadering doet recht aan eisen van waterveiligheid, leefbaarheid, boezembeheer, ecologie, economie en recreatie. Dit artikel blikt terug op het proces en beschrijft het deelproject Marconi Buitendijks, dat eind 2020 wordt afgerond. Marconi Buitendijks verbindt Delfzijl via een multifunctionele kering met zee, strand en nieuwe kwelders en herbergt een uniek onderzoek naar kwelderontwikkeling.

Pioneering in a field of influence. Township of Delfzijl proud of result waterfront development

Ems estuary, ecology & economy, waterfront Delfzijl, area development, cooperation

In order to turn the loss of its maritime character into connectedness with the Wadden Sea, the township of Delfzijl initiated an integrated coastal project in 2009. Ambitious plans were explored and developed for a waterfront that lives up to the requirements of coastal safety, quality of life and ecological, economical and recreational interests. The project required close cooperation between all stakeholders and parties concerned. The first subproject that will be completed in full at the end of 2020 is ‘Marconi Outside the Dykes’. It involves three main parts: construction of a new, fifteen-hectare salt marsh, replacing part of the seawall inland to offer space for an enlarged town beach that borders a Natura 2000 area and connecting the city center with a new boulevard on the seawall. The new salt marsh area consists of a high marsh partly open to the public, and a low marsh where effects of vegetation on saltmarsh development are studied. In between an artificial island has been constructed for arctic tern, common tern and ringed plover.

For a pdf of the full text click here