Regional action strategies for coastal zone adaptation to climate change
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The Coastance partners gathered for the 5th Coastance Meeting at the Capsis Astoria Hotel in Crete from 14th to 16th October.On the 14th, there was the 5th Steering & Technical Committee meeting, opened by the new Project Coordinator, Mr Christos Partsias. During the morning, the lead partner presented the financial, technical and managerial state of art , and then the partners responsible for the technical Component 3, 4 and 5 – respectively Département de l’Hérault, Emilia-Romagna Region, and Lazio Region -, reported on the progress achieved. The communication plan was discussed during the afternoon as the last point on the agenda, before the bilateral discussions between the LP and each one of the project Partners about budget allocation and absorption rate by the end of 2010, and technical problems.
The 4th International Conference was held on the second day and its title was “Coastal Erosion and Sand Deposit on the Coasts of Crete and in the Mediterranean Basin: Physical phenomena – Human Impact – Climate Change”. It was opened by the General Secretary of the Region of Crete, who then gave the floor to the presentations of the following technical experts: prof. Pavlos Loukakis (Panteion University of Social and Political Science) “Coastal zone adjustments and protection’s measures through the procedures of spatial development: the case of Georgioupolis in Chania Prefecture”; Mr Nikolaos Kampanis (Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics – Foundation for Research and Technology) “Coastal Observatory: an operational tool for protection from erosion and flooding”; Mr Nikolaos Kaligeris & Mr Nikolaos Maravelakis (Technical University of Crete) “Coastal erosion: examples in Western Crete”; Prof. Nikolaos Kotsovinos (Democritus University of Thrace) “Coastal erosion in Crete and Macedonia: Human and Climate impacts”; Mr Emmanuel Kladakis (Mayor of Viannos Municipality) “Dealing with coastal erosion and sand deposit in Keratokampos Heraklion Prefecture”; and Mr Cédric Ongena (EUDA) “How can we protect ourselves against sea level rise – North Sea situation”. The second part of the conference was then dedicated to actions and results of the 3 Coastance project components, respectively presented by Mr Philippe Carbonnel, Mr Alexandre Richard and Mr Rocio Carrero (Component 3); Mr Roberto Montanari (Component 4); and Ms Silvia Bellacicco and Ms Elena Pallottini (Component 5).
On the third day, the partners participated in the technical field trip to Keratokampos, a coastal area in Southern Crete with severe erosion problems that were presented by the Mayor and the responsible engineers.
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