There is another, more specific, use of the term reclaiming land, meaning "reclaiming" land from underwater by systems of drainage, levees, pumping and/or raising the ground level with dumped material (such as building rubble or dredge spoil) or soil carted from other locations. Another term for this process on a large scale, as practised in the Netherlands for example, is empolderment. Because land "reclaimed" in this way often begins in a natural swampy state, [eg] coastal mangrove or marshland, or a lake or seabed, it is debatable whether this activity is reclamation or wetland destruction. Certainly it is not restoration in the prime sense implied by this strategy.
2. Restoration laws cannot be made strong enough to restore delicate natural ecological systems.