3 FEC supervised graduate from WACOMA | WAter and COastal MAnagement | Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree

3 FEC supervised graduate from WACOMA | WAter and COastal MAnagement | Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the three master students that Future Earth Coasts have had the pleasure to supervise in their Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in WAter and COastal MAnagement – 2018

Restoration in a Coral Reef Socio-Ecological System 
Natalia Uribe-Castañeda
The thesis developed a new conceptual framework to understand coral reef socio-ecological systems and restoration. The framework can be used as a guide for managers, researchers and decision makers to analyze a coral reef socio-ecological system and to develop a successful restoration initiative, which includes the basic social and ecological criteria for designing, implementing and monitoring a successful initiative from a holistic approach.

A Socio-Environmental analysis for the management of Coastal lagoons in North Africa
Badr El Mahrad
Coastal lagoons that fringe the coastline of North Africa, from Morocco to Egypt provide many valuable ecosystem services, goods and natural resources to people living around their margins. The thesis used a modified and expanded holistic approach DAPSI(W)R(M) (Drivers – Activities – Pressures – State changes – Impacts (on welfare) – Responses (as Measures) to provide the scientific knowledge base for the appropriate management of coastal lagoon (as socio-ecological systems).

Application of the Circle of Sustainability methodology to coastal systems
Natália Maria Palmeira de Alencar
The thesis focused on the development of a unifying, locally adaptable framework to assess sustainability in coastal social-ecological systems. The framework was based on elements of existing frameworks and indexes from different fields, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Planetary Boundaries framework, Doughnut for social and planetary boundaries framework, Circles of sustainability framework, Ocean Health Index and Sendai framework for risk reduction. The framework was tested for Spanish coastlines.

Left: Natalia U-C presenting her work on Coral Restoration at this years GEO Blue Planet conference in Toulouse, France
Middle: Badr took part in the Lagoons for Life workshop on Environmental and Climate Change in Coastal Lagoons management
Right: Natalia P de A working with other FEC and MaREI researchers exploring the Circles of Sustainability

ABOUT WACOMA | Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree

The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) in WAter and COastal MAnagement (WACOMA) 2017-2022 promotes academic excellence in a teaching Master Degree Programme that aims at developing common understanding and deepening scientific knowledge in the vital, challenging and continuously evolving field of water and coastal ecosystems.

The course objective is to train managers and scientists for Water and Coastal Zone Risk Management, with a solid knowledge of environmental and legal instruments.
The course draws on EU research projects and case studies, as well as laboratory experiments and field trips. The program includes experience in modern practical, analytical and numerical methods applicable to water and coastal management. Students are trained in both the collection and analysis of data and the transformation of data into information.

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