Soft engineering

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In civil engineering of shorelines, soft engineering is the use of ecological principles and practices to reduce erosion and achieve the stabilization and safety of shorelines and the area surrounding rivers, while enhancing habitat, improving aesthetics, and saving money. Soft engineering is achieved by using vegetation and other materials to soften the land and water interface, thereby improving ecological features without compromising the engineered integrity of the shoreline or river edges and the sea.

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