Regional action strategies for coastal zone adaptation to climate change





"The increasing erosion phenomena and marine flooding risks arising on the mid-long term related to the effects of climate changes (sea level rising, extreme storm events, increasing frequency & intensity etc.) pushes Public Administrations towards strategic approach for the Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) with a particular emphasis on coastal protection. The loss of rivers solid transport (due to hydraulic works, bridles, crossbars, dams, on rivers), the presence of hard protection works and harbours along the coasts (that intercept the natural distribution of sediments) and the effects of climate changes increased the vulnerability of coastal stretches, today affected by diffuse erosive processes and marine flooding hazard. In this frame it is evident the need of a strategic and sustainable management of coastal sediments, paying attention to the new environmental aspects involved in the related activities. It is noteworthy that the E.U. project EUROSION stressed both the “Shortage of coastal sediments…”and the improperness of the “Current Environmental Impact Assessment  (EIA) practices...”in addressing coastal erosion matter."



COMPONENT 3 - Coastal risks : Submersion and Erosion - It consists of 2 phases. Phase A will include the analysis of future scenarios on dynamic coastal evolution, while Phase B will aim to formulate recommendations on the use of new technologies and methods to anticipate coastal risks. (Partner responsible for the Component: Département Hérault) 

COMPONENT 4 - Territorial action plans for coastal protection management - It consists of 3 phases. Phase A will be focused on the State of the Art of regional experiences, the knowledge of territory and resources. Phase B will include the definition of sediment management plans elements. Finally, during Phase C, territorial action plans for coastal protection management will be formulated. (Partner responsible for the Component: Regione Emilia-Romagna) 

COMPONENT 5 - Guidelines for Environmental Impacts Studies focused on coastal protection works and plans - Its aim is to establish specific technical guidelines for Public Administrations responsible for coastal defence/management planning, in order to be as a support in mandatory procedures such as Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEA). It consists of 2 phases. Phase A will study framework and existing experience on environmental impact studies for coastal works/plans in EU; while Phase B will design specific guidelines for environmental impacts studies. (Partner responsible for the Component: Regione Lazio)



a) Capitalization of knowledge and resources already acquired in the field of coastal protection:

1- Sustainable Technologies for exploiting sand stocks (behind river barrages, upstream harbour structures, geological sea bottom deposits, etc.) based on Eurosion project, Beachmed, Beachmed-e/GESA/RESAMME Subprojects.

2- Sustainable Technologies for coastal protection and adaptation (marine-climate survey, beach nourishments, soft structures, use relocation etc.) based on Eurosion project, Beachmed, Beachmed-e/NAUSICAA/MEDPLAN/ICZM-MED Subprojects, Plancoast, Cadseland projects.

3- Environmental Impact Assessments of the new technologies (dredging activities, nourishment work etc.) and Strategic Environmental Assessment on coastal plans based on Beachmed, Beachmed-e/EUDREP/POSIDUNE Subprojects.

b) Mid to Long Term planning actions for climate change effects adaptation of coastal zones in line with the EU Directive 2007/60/EC:

1- Development of Territorial Action Plans for adapting coastal zones to climate change, against erosion effects and submersion risk: Analysis of the erosion and submersion phenomena, Plans for coastal protection management, Guidance and Recommendations for the development of Coastal Protection Management Plans based on Safecoast, Comrisk & Messina EU projects.

2- Definition of Sediment Management Plans (SMPs) for both off-shore and littoral deposits exploitation (location, characteristics, radius of competence/beaches to feed, exploitation technology, treatments needed).

3- Appropriate Environmental Impact Assessment Protocols in order to assure the right procedures in intervening along coastal zone.

4- Training and coordination of the competent authorities (ICZM & planning tools.).


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