In June the rearranging works of the Dudzeelse polder started in the Zeebrugge inner port. It constitutes the establishment of nature compensations within the framework of the European Birds and Habitats Directives.
On the one hand the southern part of the inner port will be rearranged as compensation area, for nature that got lost due to the development of the port. A number of pastures will be lowered, plains will be rearranged and water lanes will be applied. On the other hand the ground that is digged off in this area, wi!l be used to build a 7 meter high bank which will separate the southern part from the northern part of the inner port, designed for the further development of port activities. This will allow nature to grow in the southern part, away from the port activities in the north.
This nature compensation in the Dudzeelse polder paves the way for durable economic development in the Zeebrugge inner port. It is important that Zeebrugge can grow in the field of added value and employment. By doing so the port authority wants to limit to a minimum the pressure of the port on the environment and the living conditions. After all, the ecological score of the port will also determine our competitive position in the world.
The project in the Dudzeelse polder is a unique project, since the nature compensations are established in the port area on a surface of no less than 174 hectares. As a result many valuable agricultural terrains outside the port borders can be saved. Also the farmers in the Dudzeelse polder can remain active. After the rearrangement of the polder the pastures will be used for cattle.