REMINDER: EUCC-France international conference Littoral 2016

logo_litThe 13th conference of the traditional biennial international event of the Coastal & Marine Union (EUCC) is  “Littoral 2016” : The changing littoral. Anticipation and adaptation to climate change. The conference will be held in Biarritz (France) from October 25 to October 29, 2016.

The presentation of the conference can be found here: English Presentation-Littoral 2016.

  • Deadline for the early-bird registration: 1st June 2016.

To find more information please consult the following website: littoral2016.univ-pau.fr

Report Dynamic Dunes 2015 published

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An international conference was held between the 7th-9th October 2015 on the rejuvenation of dynamic dunes and restoration of dune habitats. The conference presented the successful and innovative results of EU Life-projects Dutch Dune Revival (LIFE 09 NAT/NL/418) and Amsterdam Dunes, Source for Nature (LIFE 11 NAT/NL/776). The event was organised by PWN, Natuurmonumenten and Waternet. During the conference key topics for dune and coastal management were addressed during keynote presentations, workshops and field visits.

The complete report, with collaboration from EUCC staff Albert Salman as editor, can be downloaded from : https://awd.waternet.nl/media/projecten/Life/PDF/Rapport%20conference%20Dynamic%20Dunes%202015.pdf

Extended summaries have been also made available, if you prefer to read the main outcome in German or  in French:

Dutch Dune Congress: October 7-9, 2015

PWN, Natuurmonumenten and Waternet hereby invite you to the international congress about rejuvenation of dynamic dunes and restoration of the dune habitats.

The congress will be organized within the framework of Dutch Dune Revival (LIFE 09 NAT/NL/418) and Amsterdam Dunes, Source for Nature (LIFE 11 NAT/NL/776). The congress will take place near Amsterdam (Capital of the Netherlands) from October 7-9, 2015. Part of the congress will be visits to ‘Noordwest natuurkern’, finalistproject of the EU-award 2014 and beautiful grey dunes in autumn sunshine.

Registration open now!
​​​​​- Early bird tickets (before 1 August 2015): € 150,-*
– Regular tickets (after 1 August 2015): € 195,- *

NB Registration is possible before 15 September 2015!

Klick for direct registration!

Dutch Dune Congress: October 7-9, 2015

PWN, Natuurmonumenten and Waternet hereby invite you to the international congress about rejuvenation of dynamic dunes and restoration of the dune habitats. The congress will be organized within the framework of Dutch Dune Revival (LIFE 09 NAT/NL/418) and Amsterdam Dunes, Source for Nature (LIFE 11 NAT/NL/776). The congress will take place near Amsterdam (Capital of the Netherlands) from October 7-9, 2015. Part of the congress will be visits to ‘Noordwest natuurkern’, finalistproject of the EU-award 2014 and beautiful grey dunes in autumn sunshine. Please reserve this date.

Program

Wednesday October 7:
•    Overview dynamic dune management
•    Workshops Dutch coastal management, daring Dutch approach, aftercare management
•    Fieldtrips dynamic dune National Park Zuid-Kennemerland

Thursday October 8:
•    Overviews of the restoration of Grey Dunes
•    Workshops invasive alien species management, mosaic management
•    Fieldtrips Amsterdam Dunes or National Park Zuid-Kennemerland

Friday October 9:
•    Introduction Dutch Dune Revival
•    Fieldtrip Voornes Duin

This website will be updated soon with more congress information.

http://www.pwn.nl/dynamicdunes

Dunes & Estuaries 2015 – Registration is now open

Bruges 16-18 September

This international conference will cover the following topics:

  • Ecosystem services of estuary and coastal areas: Estuary and coastal areas deliver certain ecosystem services: they function as seawall and nursery for fish and crustaceans, they capture carbon (reduction of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere). How can we maximally preserve and boost these services?
  • EU-Life-projects with respect to estuary and coastal areas: In several coastal areas and estuaries that are part of the NATURA 2000 network, LIFE projects are being developed or have been carried out. The conference will also offer a forum for LIFE project staff to exchange their views and experiences.

Abstract submission deadline is 30 April 2015!

Registration is now open here

More information

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers releases report on coastal storm and flood risk in the North Atlantic region of the United States

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By Magdalena Coastal and MarinE News Editor

On January 29, 2013, President Obama signed into law the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, of 2013 (Public Law 113-2), to assist in the recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. As part of the law, the Congress tasked the Corps to work with a variety of partners to conduct a comprehensive study of the coastal areas affected by Hurricane Sandy to evaluate flood risks and, that as part of the study, to identify areas warranting additional analysis and institutional and other barriers to providing protection. (Chapter 4 of Public Law 113-2).

Many communities along the Northeast remain vulnerable to coastal flooding. The Comprehensive Study identified nine high-risk focus areas that warrant additional analysis. They are (in no particular order): 1) Rhode Island Coastline; 2) Connecticut Coastline; 3) New York-New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries; 4) Nassau County Back Bays, New York; 5) New Jersey Back Bays; 6) Delaware Inland Bays and Delaware Bay Coast; 7) the City of Baltimore; 8) the District of Columbia; and the 9) the City of Norfolk.On January 29, 2013, President Obama signed into law the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, of 2013 (Public Law 113-2), to assist in the recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. As part of the law, the Congress tasked the Corps to work with a variety of partners to conduct a comprehensive study of the coastal areas affected by Hurricane Sandy to evaluate flood risks and, that as part of the study, to identify areas warranting additional analysis and institutional and other barriers to providing protection. (Chapter 4 of Public Law 113-2).   The Comprehensive Study is designed to help local communities better understand changing flood risks associated with climate change and to provide tools to help those communities better prepare for future flood risks. It builds on lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy and attempts to bring to bear the latest scientific information available for state, local, and tribal planners. In addition to State, regional, and local governments, FEMA, NOAA, multiple DOI agencies and HUD were major contributors to this study.

The Comprehensive Study is designed to help local communities better understand changing flood risks associated with climate change and to provide tools to help those communities better prepare for future flood risks. It builds on lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy and attempts to bring to bear the latest scientific information available for state, local, and tribal planners. In addition to State, regional, and local governments, FEMA, NOAA, multiple DOI agencies and HUD were major contributors to this study. Many communities along the Northeast remain vulnerable to coastal flooding. The Comprehensive Study identified nine high-risk focus areas that warrant additional analysis. They are (in no particular order): 1) Rhode Island Coastline; 2) Connecticut Coastline; 3) New York-New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries; 4) Nassau County Back Bays, New York; 5) New Jersey Back Bays; 6) Delaware Inland Bays and Delaware Bay Coast; 7) the City of Baltimore; 8) the District of Columbia; and the 9) the City of Norfolk.

The North Atlantic Comprehensive Study was a $19 million study to develop a risk reduction framework for the 31,200 miles of coastline within the North Atlantic Division affected by Hurricane Sandy. (Photo by North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study)

The North Atlantic Comprehensive Study was a $19 million study to develop a risk reduction framework for the 31,200 miles of coastline within the North Atlantic Division affected by Hurricane Sandy

The North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study report includes a nine-step Coastal Storm Risk Management Framework that was developed to help all stakeholders, not solely the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, identify their risk of coastal flooding and evaluate the full range of strategies available to reduce those risks. The Framework can be customized to any size coastal watershed, is repeatable at state and local scales, and is transferable to other areas of the country.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released to the public a report detailing the results of a two-year study to address coastal storm and flood risk to vulnerable populations, property, ecosystems, and infrastructure in the North Atlantic region of the United States affected by Hurricane Sandy in October, 2012.  Congress authorized this report in January 2013 in the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 (Public Law 113-2).

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released to the public a report detailing the results of a two-year study to address coastal storm and flood risk to vulnerable populations, property, ecosystems, and infrastructure in the North Atlantic region of the United States affected by Hurricane Sandy in October, 2012. The North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study report includes a nine-step Coastal Storm Risk Management Framework that was developed to help all stakeholders, not solely the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, identify their risk of coastal flooding and evaluate the full range of strategies available to reduce those risks. The Framework can be customized to any size coastal watershed, is repeatable at state and local scales, and is transferable to other areas of the country.

Managing coastal storm risk is a shared responsibility by all levels of government and individual property owners. Not all strategies to reduce risks are engineered solutions. Communities should consider adopting a combination of strategies that emphasize wise use of the floodplain and include structural, non-structural, natural and nature-based features, and programmatic measures to manage risk. Improved land use planning, responsible evacuation planning, and strategic retreat are important and cost-effective actions that are proven to reduce coastal flood risks. But no matter what risk reduction strategies are taken, there will always be residual risk.

Managing coastal storm risk is a shared responsibility by all levels of government and individual property owners. Not all strategies to reduce risks are engineered solutions. Communities should consider adopting a combination of strategies that emphasize wise use of the floodplain and include structural, non-structural, natural and nature-based features, and programmatic measures to manage risk. Improved land use planning, responsible evacuation planning, and strategic retreat are important and cost-effective actions that are proven to reduce coastal flood risks. But no matter what risk reduction strategies are taken, there will always be residual risk.

Further information

 NACCS Main Report
 NACCS State Appendices
NACCS Overview video