Wetland Restoration – Wallasea

Lessons Learned

The project at Wallasea is considered successful; the parties involved have indicated a number of success factors of the project and its process, factors that can each be considered a lesson learned.

The first success factor mentioned is the (early) involvement of the broad public, NGOs, the Harwich Harbour Authorities and Westminster Dredging, as supplier of the ‘construction’ material. Early and continuous consulting and informing of the public has led to them to accept and support the project. It is emphasized that especially clear graphics and visuals have to be integrated in the communication process. Involvement of other stakeholders has enhanced the integral approach of the project. Moreover, handing over the ownership to local authorities has also led to close involvement and success.

The integral approach can be considered another success factor. Important aspects mentioned are:

  • Seek multiple benefits beyond the principal project objectives
  • Consider impacts on and benefits to the expected users of the area
  • Use a range of relevant techniques and tools to select suitable sites and develop effective designs.

A third lesson learned concerns the project governance. An involved and enthusiastic coordinator and a good management structure have proven to be crucial to a successful project.

At least two out of these three lessons learned closely relate to the EDD approach described in the BwN Guideline, viz. early stakeholder involvement and an integral approach.