Oyster reefs for sustainable coastal defense and aquatic food production

Posted on 2 November 2012


Eco-engineered coastal defence, integrated with sustainable aquatic food production. This pilot project in Bangladesh is implemented by IMARES (Institute for Marine Resources & Ecosystem Studies), LEI (Agricultural Economics Research Institute), both part of Wageningen UR, and Royal HaskoningDHV, together with scientists from the Institute of Marine Sciences and Fisheries (University of Chittagong, Bangladesh).


To provide authorities in Bangladesh with an alternative method for climate change adaptation, by using the natural water flow resistance of molluscs (such as oysters) in order to improve safety for humans against erosion and flooding, and at the same time deliver a sustainable source of aquatic food.


Since the climatic conditions in Bangladesh are more extreme than in the Netherlands, the project will deliver valuable information on new techniques. Besides Bangladesh these techniques can also be applied in other Delta’s in the developing world such as in Vietnam and Mozambique. The project may also provide valuable knowledge to further enhance the “building with nature concept” in European situations.

Project location

Project partners

  • Royal HaskoningDHV
  • Wageningen University and Research Center