Our experience shows that with the right skills and approach remarkable solutions can emerge. We celebrated the conclusion of a €220 million program to alleviate the misery of flooding for communities and businesses across the Moray region of Scotland. Our unique technological approach to treating wastewater gained ground with Nereda® treatment plants to be constructed in Switzerland and India. Smaller and more cost-effective than traditional plants, these plants use less energy and require no chemicals.
We provide a range of services that are helping cities with the transition to become (more) resilient. For the city of Jakarta in Indonesia we provided a long-term strategy to restore flood safety as the city is experiencing annual floods. Jakarta is sinking and there are areas that are now 1.4m below sea level. The project will protect and develop North Jakarta while at the same time provide a model for other delta cities around the world.
As living standards improve and economic development increases in Indonesia, the need for clean water and a healthy environment grows. This year we completed a 5-year Urban Sanitation Development Programme advising the Indonesian government how to improve access to sanitation, a Programme which covers more than 400 cities in all districts. We are involved in several projects along the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, which aim to mitigate the impacts of drought and flooding. These projects are extremely important to local farmers, as they not only help protect their precious crops, but safeguard their homes and property, and most importantly, their families’ health and wellbeing.
We successfully completed restoration of the Ouse and Adur Rivers in the United Kingdom. The Environment Agency, rivers trusts, consultants and contractors worked closely together to deliver considerable environmental benefits improving fish passage and enabling a greater diversity of fish species. In addition flooding downstream of the Middle Ouse was reduced by restoring the natural river and its floodplain.
The year started with unprecedented levels of flooding in the United Kingdom which were followed later in the summer with flooding across Eastern Europe. Our experts were selected by the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) to join their emergency response teams deployed during and after natural disasters. Our response to a previous flooding disaster won the Rebuild by Design Competition – an initiative by the Hurricane Sandy Task Force to rebuild the areas of New York and New Jersey. Our solution will help the Hoboken community become more resilient to future flooding.
In Nigeria we are working on the transformation of irrigation management from government to private service providers and water associations. The integrated Water Resources Management Plan for the Hadejia River Basin includes irrigation and drainage infrastructure and management, flood risk reduction and river flow regulation. The project benefits more than a million people in the surrounding area safeguarding their homes, increasing farming and fishing and increase their health and welfare.