Abstract submission deadline of the Littoral 22 Conference has been extended!

Published: Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Littoral 2022


The 16th International Conference Littoral 22, will be held from 12th to 16th of September 2022 in Costa da Caparica, Portugal.

The conference brings together delegates from all over the world to collaborate and discuss the most current coastal research studies and projects. Apart from presenting their work, participants will have the opportunity to attend workshops, field trips, and engagement activities. The attendants of the conference can publish their work as peer-reviewed papers in the Journal of Coastal Conservation, which represents an invaluable resource for coastal scientists, engineers, and policymakers.

The conference will be hosted by MARINE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES CENTRE research group, Nova School of Science and Technology of Nova University - Lisbon, under the auspices of the Coastal & Marine Union (EUCC).

Abstracts must be submitted using the online submission form published on the conference website until 30 November 2021: https://www.littoral22.com/abstracts

Dynamic Dunescapes Sand Dune Manager's Handbook

Published: Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Dynamic Dunescapes Sand Dune Managers Handbook June 2021

The Dynamic Dunescapes partners have developed a comprehensive handbook discussing the wide range of dune management options available to address the issues faced by coastal sand dune systems, including overstabilisation and invasive species. Management interventions detailed include notches, grazing, turf-stripping and scrub clearance. This handbook is designed to be a useful, in-depth resource for sand dune site managers, and aims to keep our management techniques up to date for the needs of dune conservation in a variety of situations.

UKCEH, UK Sand Dune and Shingle Network and Dynamic Dunescapes partners (2021). The Sand Dune Managers Handbook. Version 1, June 2021. Produced for the Dynamic Dunescapes (DuneLIFE) project: LIFE17 NAT/UK/000570; HG-16-08643

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Proposal for making harmonized MSP plan data available across Europe published

Published: Saturday, 25 September 2021


The European Commission’s Technical Expert Group (TEG) on Data for Maritime Spatial Planning is pleased to share the newly published ‘Proposal for making harmonized MSP plan data available across Europe. Results of the work of the Technical Expert Group (TEG) on MSP data’.

In connection with these recommendations, the Assistance Mechanism for Implementation of MSP, in partnership with the TEG and EMODnet invite EU Member States to request support, should they have need, in connection with the newly published recommendations, including the possibility of organising training session for EU Member States.

The data required for Maritime Spatial Plans are diverse and cross-sectorial, with varying data availability within the EU regions due to differences in applied data management, data infrastructure, specifications and documentation. Plans delivered by EU Member States which use different non-standardized database structures (so called data models) and which apply diverse labels, make it difficult to understand, compare and assess planning coherency in cross-border contexts, at the sea basin and broader EU level.

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Sustainable sea planning for the future: EU supports maritime spatial planning in the Black Sea

Published: Friday, 03 September 2021


If you look at the sea, it appears to be an expanse without borders or limits, where everybody could roam boundlessly. But then, if you think about all the activities taking place there (fishing, transport, fish farming, tourism etc.), you realise that they each occupy a bit of that expanse, and that there are plenty of activities taking place at the same time, with the risk of some disrupting the others. For those activities to coexist there is a process, called maritime spatial planning (MSP), which analyses and plans the distribution of human activities in marine areas to achieve ecological, economic and social objectives. Its goal is to develop spatial plans, which define the effective use of marine areas for different maritime activities and sustainable use of marine and coastal resources. At the same time, MSP creates a framework for coordinated, transparent and sustainable decision making on the basis of reliable data and cooperation across borders.

Now, focus on the Black Sea. That sea is the EU’s eastern gate, a junction between Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East, an important transport and energy hub, a crossroad of different cultures, a region with significant political, social and economic fragmentation. The Black Sea is among the most endangered ones in Europe, with a “closed” and unique ecosystem under threat by the continental pressures and conflicting coastal and maritime activities.

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