Introducing Sustainable Resilient Coasts (COAST) – an Affiliated Activity of Future Earth Coasts
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
COAST is affiliated to Future Earth Coasts with Sarah Kandrot (FEC Fellow) as project partner and Valerie Cummins (FEC co-chair) as associate partner. We are very much looking forward to the development and outcomes of this interesting project!
Watch this introduction video:
Ragnheiður I Þórarinsdóttir, Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Agricultural University of Iceland
Outi Virkkula, Department of Renewable Resources, Department of Civil Engineering, Oulu University of Applied Sciences (Finland)
Michael O Boyle, Mayo County Council (Ireland)
Sarah Kandrot, MaREI, the SFI Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine, University College Cork (Ireland)
Graham Thompson, Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust (Northern Ireland)
Aki Heiskanen, Municipality of Hailuoto (Finland)
Steinunn Einarsdottir, Arctic Fish (Iceland)
Andrew Cooper, Ulster University (Northern Ireland)
Gitte Meriläinen, Council of Oulu Region (Finland)
Peter Weiss, University Centre of the Westfjords (Iceland)
Valerie Cummins, Future Earth Coasts (Ireland)