Pilot studies focussed on specific locations in order to avoid dilution of focus, knowledge, time and resources over wider test areas. Given there was only a limited amount the project could take up, a local and specific approach was the most likely to lead to useful results. Successful methods will be made available for instant application at wider sites across the 2 Seas area, supported by education and training provided by the project.
Three new solutions have been trialled on the ground at 5 dune sites facing issues such as erosion and flooding. There was enough information available about these sites for progress to be measured and compared to the situation prior to the start of the pilots. Each solution employed was , innovative and never attempted on dunes before. Methods were well-considered, and underpinned by scientific, cutting-edge research. We delivered appropriate, achievable and sustainable coastal management tools for stakeholders, promoting wider application of these solutions.
Pilot Solution One; A new ecosystem-based sand net technology addressing erosion by naturally trapping sand to nourish dunes and improve resilience
Pilot Solution Two; A new ecosystem-based technique to improve dune resilience: using mussel farming posts to reduce wave erosion and encourage dune nourishment
Pilot Solution Three; Controlling safe human access to dunes: a strategic ecosystem-based approach to dune erosion management
Ecosystem-based coastal management is another term for nature-based or soft solutions to flooding and erosion.
Cost-effective: this means the methods were productive in relation to their cost. In other words, they presented good value