Land reclamation can have many meanings, but it primarily defines activities designed to reclaim, restore or develop lands from something that is either damaged or serves no purpose, into an area that thrives and offers a sustainable ecosystem for a variety of animals, plants and natural resources.

Whether as part if a new development, or as part of efforts from organizations who 

Se previous activities on the land led to the degradation being addressed, land reclamation can take on a variety of forms and lead to a variety of results - below we’ve identified a few. 

Land Reclamation Examples

Land reclamation can define the process of creating new lands from water bodies such as rivers, lakes, seas, and oceans. 

From another perspective, land reclamation is the process of restoring disturbed or disrupted land to get back to as close to its original state as possible, or even better, an improved state. 

This is the most common example of land reclamation in today’s world, and is performed primarily by energy companies looking to return land they have damaged as a part of their efforts, back to a state that is acceptable to those who oversee their operations in the interest of environmental sustainability. 


Land Reclamation and Environmental Needs

Land reclamation boosts the survival and sustenance of the environment by re-enriching land to meet the needs of all who rely on it for nourishment, growth and protection. This includes good topography, quality soil, appropriate vegetation, as well as design and development that enhances  industrial activities without being a detriment to nature. .

Land reclamation shouldn’t only be viewed as “punishment” or “penalty” for previous activities, as many of the companies performing land reclamation are using it as an opportunity to leave things better off than they found them. Oftentimes, land reclamation efforts can lead to new and innovative ways to improve the state of damaged or deteriorating land for the benefits of living things and the environment.

It can also lead to opportunities to turn unused land into something of high value to millions of humans. 


Land Reclamation History

Land reclamation dates as far back as 1612 when the Beemster Polder underwent reclamation in the Netherlands. The Beemster Polder was a renowned lake in the Netherlands at that time but underwent reclamation as 70sq kilometers of land was reclaimed from the lake and turned into much needed solid ground. 

Some other early case studies include the Praya reclamation scheme in Hong Kong in 1890 which saw the addition of about 24 hectares of land onto a water body. 

Another case study is the reclamation of about 20% land in Tokyo bay. The process has thrived in time past and continues to replicate its prowess even in today’s world. 

Interested in learning more about what drones can do for your land reclamation needs? Contact Homeland today for a wide range of traditional and evolved solutions. 

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