BESE-elements is a biodegradable structure that provides a foundation for restoring ecosystems for seagrass, mangroves, and other aquatic species.

Sea levels are rising and the intensity of tidal waves are increasing—a combination of factors that have a devastating impact on estuary habitats and waterfront ecosystems. Near-shore habitats are also being depleted as increased undertows and dredging make it difficult for species of plants and mussels to anchor themselves and establish a foundation.

BESE-elements units provide the foundation for restoring ecosystems for near-shore habitats, aquaculture, agriculture, and other uses. The units are designed for modular assembly and installation, enabling various combinations of structure depths and dimensions depending on need.

BESE-elements: Foundations for Restoring Ecosystems

“BESE-elements present a temporary structure and protection for organisms to start growing,” describes Bureau Waardenburg the parent company behind BESE-elements.

“After a certain time, sufficient adult organisms have grown and built up a structure on their own for younger ones to settle on. During this process the BESE-elements break down and the organisms establish and enlarge their own structure.”

Made from potato starch, the company says that in contrast to many other bio-plastics, BESE-elements “undergoes complete breakdown without the need for composting agents.”

BESE-elements: Foundations for Restoring Ecosystems

“The potential uses for this starch-based three-dimensional structure are almost endless. We are just starting to uncover the possibilities of the diverse range of applications, which include ecosystem restoration, coastal and bank-side protection, water purification, sewage treatment, habitat creation, and aquaculture.”

BESE-elements originally appeared as part of the NatureStructure exhibition and book.

BESE-elements: Foundations for Restoring Ecosystems