THE ONLY ARTIFICIAL DUNE IN POLAND – COMPENSATION ACTIVITY FOR PLANTS
DCT Gdańsk conducts compensation activities because of the vicinity of Natura 2000 area and the occurrence in the investment area of protected, rare and valuable species of plants, such as sea holly or Festuca beckeri.
As regards the compensation of plants, DCT terminal has undertaken an initiative to extend the recommendations issued by the Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection and carried out the compensation in the degree exceeding the recommended level.
Together with the Biological Station of the University of Gdańsk we created the only, unique artificial dune in Poland, made with the use of the sand from the beach which used to be in the place of the T2 investment (construction of the second deep-water berth). The valuable, rare species of plants were moved to the place that best imitates the natural coastal habitat.
The care about the environment is one of the main pillars of corporate social responsibility of DCT. The “Dune Laboratory” project is the accomplishment of not only the environmental and research objectives, but also the educational objectives.
DCT Gdańsk finances biological workshops held on the premises of the Biological Station of the University of Gdańsk, being the location of the dune, dedicated to schoolchildren and seniors from the nursing home located in the vicinity of the container terminal.
Stage I of the “Dune Laboratory”
The opening celebrations of the 1st stage of the “Dune Laboratory” were held on 6 May 2014. On this day there were planted the first species of dune plants, such as sea holly, European marram grass, sea pea, field wormwood, Festuca beckeri and dwarf everlast.
Stage II of the “Dune Laboratory”
The opening celebrations of the 2nd stage of the “Dune Laboratory” were held on 13 October 2016. Stage II covered expansion and modernisation of the dune surroundings. There was removed ca. 20-cm layer of soil, the area was covered with geotextile and 4.5 thousand tonnes of coastal sand were brought. The purpose of all these works was to make the artificial dune and its surrounding area best imitate the natural coastal habitat. Before the official opening there commenced works aimed at the construction of the technical infrastructure, i.e. platforms and the enclosure of the area of the Dune Laboratory.