6. & 16. Towards stewardship and circular use for sustainable land and soil management

This 3-hour workshop consists of two main parts. Although they can be followed independently, we invite attendees to follow both workshops.

Part 1: Stewardship (14:00 - 15:30)

In the first part of this workshop industries, policy makers and scientists are invited to discuss what land and soil stewardship means in practice. We will analyse how land and soil stewardship can be a solution to achieve joint soil and land management and at the same time contribute to societal challenges and create public values. This discussion is fed by some introductions showing the importance of land and soil for achieving societal objectives, such as the Sustainable Development Goals. They indicate elements and provide showcases of land and soil stewardship and give insight in forthcoming conditions and requirements such as a long term vision, joint goals, financing, (juridical) agreements, stakeholder involvement and knowledge. The role of land owners such as the industries and public authorities as well as the role of other stakeholders is discussed. What are mutual interests and goals, what business models, agreements and arrangements are necessary and how can they be put into practice? What is needed to develop land and soil stewardship and monitor whether goals are achieved?

Part 2: Circular use (16:00 - 17:30)

In the second part of the workshop we focus on circular use of land and soil as a means towards sustainable land and soil management. We discuss opportunities for two concrete topics. The first topic addresses urban soil and land: “Circular land use”, the regeneration of derelict or underused urban or brownfield land towards beneficial use; and “Soil inclusive urban planning” to maintain the beneficial use of land in cities, with innovative solutions concerning soils. The second topic focuses on opportunities for circular soil and sediment management. For years there is debate whether soils and sediments are a waste or a resource. In a circular economy, materials should not be wasted. The first management option to consider is to (re-)use soils and sediments beneficially. However, soils and sediments can be contaminated and the question is whether they are a sink for or a source of contaminants. Various Member States have implemented a circular approach for excavated soils and sediments. Some examples are presented and the attendees are invited to share their examples.


Date and time:

Monday 25 February 2019, 14:00 - 15:30 + 16:00 - 17:30


Flanders Meeting & Convention Center

Room: Gorilla 4

Hosted by:

DELTARES - RWS - U Hasselt


  • Mrs. Margot de Cleen
  • Mr. Co Molenaar
  • Mrs. Linda Maring
  • Mrs. Sophie Moinier
  • Mr. Philippe Vandenbroeck
  • Prof. dr. Bernard Vanheusden
  • Mrs. Ellen Luyten
  • Mrs. Nele Bal
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Workshop organisers and workshop chairs
  • Margot de Cleen, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (Netherlands)
  • Co Molenaar, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (Netherlands)
  • Linda Maring, Deltares (The Netherlands) - moderator
  • Sophie Moinier, Deltares (The Netherlands)
  • Philippe Vandenbroeck, shiftN (Belgium)
  • Prof. dr. Bernard Vanheusden, Faculty of Law, Hasselt University (Belgium)

Other speakers: Mrs. Daphina Misiedjan, Mrs. Ellen Luijten, Mrs. Nele Bal

Mrs. Margot de Cleen, Mr. Bernard Vanheusden, Mrs. Linda Maring
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