Integrating habitat into Monaco's port infrastructure
Solution Type: Shoreline Protection; coastal armor
Partner: Monaco Department of the Environment
Monaco’s Government and Department of the Environment were seeking a solution to preserve and restore marine biodiversity along urban waterfronts.
As ports work to meet the demands of our era and incorporate sustainability into operations, integrated solutions are critical: infrastructure must offer structural functionality and environmental benefits, yet rock riprap or traditional cement provide limited ecological value.
How we built it:
ECOncrete and the Monaco Department of the Environment worked together to install a set of coastal armor units along the Port’s rocky riprap. The coastal armor units add structural support to the riprap, while creating an intertidal habitat that’s absent from traditional rubble mound revetments and breakwaters. Initial monitoring results show significant ecological differences between ECOncrete technologies and control rock plots, including multiple invertebrate, fish, and algae species.