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Cover slide of International Symposium for Mega Deltas, a workshop hosted at SKLEC in 2018, indicating mega-deltas that have been presented during the workshop.

Title: Deltas associated with large rivers: Seeking solutions to the problem of sustainability
Acronym: Mega-Delta Working Group
Brief Description: River deltas are critical for human development as they support a variety of social-economical activities and ecosystems. However, there is a general trend that the delta growth rate is decreasing, resulting in intensified delta erosion and increasing flooding risk; salt-marshes and mangroves are shrinking and the ecosystem is under threat. This has become a global issue needing international collaboration to address. To deal with the increasing risks the deltas are facing, in this FEC Work Group, we propose to systematically and interdisciplinarily investigate the present status of ~25 representative deltas and the threatens they are facing, the methodology for new delta blueprints, the blueprints dealing with critical delta characteristics, and the sustainability of the delta system and its capacity to support regional development for deltas of different physical processes and ecological and economic importance. The objective is to find the solutions to support sustainable and eco-friendly human and nature development in delta regions, and to increase resilience to external changes as regards to river-borne sediment supply decline, sea-level rise, stormy conditions, and the conflicts between human activities and nature conservation.
Main contact: Leicheng Guo, State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research, East China Normal University

Title: Sustainable Resilient Coasts
Acronym: COAST
Brief Description:

Coastal zones are at the frontline of sustainability challenges, arising from the exploitation of natural resources such as fish stocks, loss of cultural heritage, changing demographics, waste disposal, and climate change impacts. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Northern Periphery and Arctic (NPA). The coast is one of the most significant unifying habitats in the region.

It is imperative to build the resilience of coastal communities around the world, and in the Arctic and northern periphery in particular. The project will provide a roadmap for protecting, promoting and developing the cultural and natural heritage of sparsely populated and remote coastal communities. Local authorities play a pivotal role in enabling resilience building and coastal sustainability. The project will produce a COAST Toolbox for local authorities, focusing on SMART Blue Growth, which is based on principles of sustainability, mitigation, planning, adaptation, resilience and transition.

COAST-project seeks to establish the NPA region as a demonstration of how to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the coast. The project brings together five partners and six associate partners from Iceland, Finland, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. The approach includes four demonstration cases, addressing the challenges of sparsely populated, remote coastal communities. Each case is strongly supported through the partners, associates and letters of support, to ensure effective delivery and implementation at the local authority level. COAST applies a three step conceptual framework called Our
Coastal Futures, designed to:
i) Enable regional stakeholders and institutions to develop a common understanding of future coastal scenarios;
ii) Craft robust strategies for charting a desired coastal future; and
iii) Create mechanism to achieve these desired outputs

Main contact:

Ragnheiður I Þórarinsdóttir, Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Agricultural University of Iceland
Sarah Kandrot, MaREI, the SFI Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine, University College Cork (Ireland)

Title: A Sea of Connections: Contextualizing Fisheries in the South Pacific Region
Acronym: SOCPacific
Brief Description:

The South Pacific region represents a unique context in which local communities and their political representatives are increasingly committed to integrated management of marine resources and spaces after a predicted dissolution of related community-based activities in the 1970s. This holds especially true for fisheries, the main field of activity in this oceanscape and a critical component of local livelihoods, national and regional economies, and global fish supplies. Fisheries remain one of the most important concerns on the national and regional policy agendas in the Pacific. Recent studies have started to take into account the multi-faceted aspects of Pacific fisheries by articulating ecological and economic perspectives.
Our project aims at broadening this endeavour by re-embedding coastal and oceanic fisheries in their wider context and by exploring the large web of socio-cultural, geopolitical and policy connections within which (largely coastal) fishing practices occur. For this, we conduct an interdisciplinary and multi-level analysis across diverse scales and dimensions of fisheries, fisheries management and marine governance in the South Pacific region, including local perceptions and practices, global changes and drivers, and national and regional management frameworks and strategies. This analysis focuses on three study areas: New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji where fieldwork periods will be conducted.
Three thematic areas will be at the core of the project’s cross-sectional investigations:
1) An environmental anthropology assessment of social values of places and resources in connection with offshore and inshore fisheries;
2) A socio-political ecology perspective on interwoven fisheries and conservation issues within marine protected areas;
3) A policy analysis of the inclusion of fisheries in marine spatial planning.

Main contact:

Dr. Annette Breckwoldt, Senior Scientist/PI SOCPacific (
Marine Social Sciences
WG Social-Ecological Systems Analysis

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