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Celebration of World Wetlands Day on 2 February

  • Wetlands act as natural safeguards against disasters. They protect communities most at risk and vulnerable to the devastating effects of floods, droughts and storm surges.
  • The frequency of natural hazards worldwide has more than doubled in just 35 years. 90% of all natural hazards are water-related.
  • By 2050, loss of wetlands, rising populations, climate change and rising sea levels are set to increase the number of people vulnerable to floods to 2 billion.
  • Well-managed wetlands make communities resilient in the event of extreme weather and help to minimize the damage from floods, hurricanes and droughts.
  • Each year, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands celebrates 2 February as ‘World Wetlands Day’ to raise global awareness of the importance of wetlands.
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GSE Environmental launches GSE RoaDrain to extend Pavement Service Life

GSE Environmental, the leading global manufacturer and marketer of geosynthetic products and solutions, announces the launch of GSE RoaDrain, a synthetic, subsurface drainage product that offers a cost-effective alternative to traditional drainage materials. GSE RoaDrain is a high-strength HDPE geocomposite, consisting of a triplanar geonet core, heat bonded on both sides with geotextile filters that prevent clogging and provide unobstructed linear flow channels, even under extreme loads.

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Bauer Spezialtiefbau GmbH improves Ground for a new German Highway Section

Germany has one of the longest highway networks in the world, coming in after China, the USA and Spain. According to the German Federal Statistical Office, it comprises almost 13,000 kilometers, and continues to be extended. The expansion and new construction of the German highway network is particularly important in view of eliminating traffic bottlenecks and opening up, or rather connecting, structurally weak regions – eventually, economic growth also means traffic and mobility growth. Several new road sections are currently under construction, including section 5.1 of the federal highway A 72 in the district of Leipzig, where Bauer Spezialtiefbau GmbH is also involved in a joint venture.

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Consortium around Strabag to build Section of D3 Motorway in Slovakia

  • 5.6 km section of D3 motorway between Čadca and Bukov
  • Share in consortium: 44 %
  • Contract value: € 239 million

A construction consortium around Strabag (44 %) has been chosen to build a 5.6 km section of the D3 motorway in northern Slovakia. The € 239 million contract is being performed on behalf of the state motorway company NDS a.s. and is scheduled to be completed after 48 months of construction. The project comprises the construction of the roadway, 19 bridges, several retaining walls and more than 11 km of noise barriers. This section of motorway forms part of the Pan-European Transport Corridor and will improve the transport connection to the country’s northern neighbour of Poland.

“The challenges facing this project can be found in the geological conditions of the land. We are dealing with partly marshy terrain here, with the risk of landslides in many places,” explains Thomas Birtel, CEO of Strabag SE. For this reason, drainage measures are being taken and retaining walls erected ahead of construction. The section traverses several deep valleys, which will be connected by appropriate bridge structures. The geological conditions will require the carriageways in one area to be constructed at different elevations with a maximum horizontal separation of 4 m.

Source: Strabag SE

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