Sustainable and Resilient Coastal Cities | 2 Mers Seas Zeeën

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Sustainable and Resilient Coastal Cities

Priority Axis

Adaptation to Climate Change

Specific objective

Adaptation to Climate Change

England

Southend Borough Council

Lead partner

address

France

Contact

Project budget

10 333 529

ERDF amount

6 200 117

ERDF rate

60%

Date de début

25/01/2019

Date de fin

30/09/2022

Common challenge

Mean sea level rise (SLR) could increase by 1.5m-2.5m by 2100, which would see damage caused by coastal flooding in Europe increase from €1.25bn per annum currently to €961bn in just over 80 years (European Commission, 2018). Urban areas situated along the 2 Seas coastline are particularly vulnerable to extreme SLR (a combinatin of SLR, tide and storm surges). Coastal flood plans and policies focus predominantly on deploying traditional grey infrastructure/heavy engineering and ignore the use of nature-based solutions (NBS), despite the overwhelming evidence of their potential to reduce flood risk and provide multiple benefits. NBS are often not considered by policy-makers in detail due to the perceived risks around costs, potential for success, requirements for immediate protection/improvement and uncertainties regarding future change. A clear knowledge gap exists across coastal local authorities to deploy NBS as a means to reduce future coastal flood risk and economic damage.

Partners

England

Marine Archeological Trust

England

Environment Agency

Belgium/Flanders

Municipality of Blankenberge

Netherlands

Municipality of Vlissingen

France

City of Gravelines

England

Exo Environmental Ltd

Netherlands

University of Technology Delft

Belgium/Flanders

Flemish Government

Belgium/Flanders

Agency for Maritime and Coastal Services

Belgium/Flanders

Town of Middelkerke

Belgium/Flanders

City of Ostend

Netherlands

HZ University of Applied Sciences

Belgium/Flanders

Vives University of applied Sciences