The main objective of this work packages is to raise awareness by educating coastal communities and stakeholders to fully realise the benefits of adaptive dune systems.
Dunes are created when sand blown onshore is trapped by vegetation and begins to accumulate in ridges. Over time, dunes shrink and grow, washed away by storms or advancing inland. This flexibility and continuous evolution provides a sustainable, self-regulating natural barrier to waves, absorbing and dissipating storms and coastal flooding events. Yet this natural adaptive ability is often limited or reduced by ineffective, reactive or short-sighted management. Dunes are often squeezed into narrow strips along the shore or starved of the sand needed to replenish themselves. They are eroded by visitor pressure or disrupted by the presence of beach buildings and sea walls. Intervention measures along dune coastlines are frequently reactive and aimed at mitigating erosion or flood events, doing little to enhance dune function.
Coastal dunes behave as a single, natural sediment and ecological system and are indifferent to political borders. Climate change operates on a global scale and its impacts do not stop at national borders. Poor dune management or climate change adaptation measures taken in one country will influence others along a shared coastline. Our coastlines and our coastal processes are shared and this must be reflected in our ways of working. Crossborder communication and cooperation is essential to ensure compatible and complimentary management methods. ENDURE will work collaboratively to practically improve and secure dune resilience, in order to enable dunes to reach their full potential to offer affordable and sustainable protection to coastal communities. Joint working across the six project partners will increase recognition of the intrinsic value and potential of dunes as self-sustaining sea defences. Together we will develop bespoke tools, methods and services to answer real-world dune management problems happening now under climate change.
Work Packages 1 & 2 develop, test & apply innovative new methods/tools to improve adaptation to climate change in coastal dune systems & build capacity of 2 Seas stakeholders to apply ecosystem-based interventions & solutions to coastal flooding & erosion under climate change. However, to fully realise the potential of new solutions & deliver maximum results & legacy for this project, it is critical to provide education & training to support & complement these outputs. Without a coherent & cohesive campaign to demonstrate/embed new approaches & initiate behavioural shift to nature-based solutions, there is a strong chance these tools will not reach full potential or be used beyond the life of the project.
This work package contains 2 education campaigns specifically targeting 2 Seas stakeholders intrinsic to successful improvements in dune resilience: coastal managers/decision makers including leadership, management teams & staff; but also EU coastal communities (population 5 million) who have the most to lose if dunes fail under climate change effects. These members of the public also have the power to lobby for change. An informed public will put greater pressure on decision makers, driving policy & influencing long term management. To fully realise the potential of the project each group must fully engage with & benefit from the outputs.
The campaigns will be results-driven learning for immediate & sustained impact on performance and motivation. We will focus on bespoke active, in situ learning, training & capacity development e.g. visits to pilot sites to see the project in action, workshops, technology training, outside classrooms, citizen science. These will be inclusive, hands-on events bringing peer groups together for active exchange, learning & mentoring in a real world context. They will be practical & relevant to each target group in alignment with the responsibilities & threats faced by each. They will enable learning between 2 Seas peers, who will be encouraged to share their own knowledge & experience, adding value. They will generate stakeholder networks & unite people with common problems.
This Work Package is led by CPIE Val d'Authie, and will produce two outputs.
We will help/support coastal managers to better understand coastal processes under climate change, dune function/adaptation and ecosystem-based techniques for dune resilience. We will provide innovative education and learning opportunities to empower 2 Seas dunes managers to make physical change on the ground at their dune sites. Bespoke training will be designed to ensure stakeholders receive full benefit and can reach full potential of their management capacity.
We will bring peer groups together for active exchange and learning in a real world context. We will create a lasting knowledge base and improved capacity in coastal dune managers. This will close a gap identified in stakeholder consultations.
This activity will be led by CPIE Val d'Authie, but all partners will carry out training locally to dune managers.
We will specifically involving coastal communities as we believe they are intrinsic in attaining and securing adaptive dune systems resilient to the impacts of climate change. We will provide innovative education and learning opportunities to empower 2 Seas coastal communities, supplying knowledge needed to take ownership of dune systems and create a deeper understanding of the connection between dune health, sea defence and coastal community security.
Training will be designed for maximum uptake and benefit and for a lasting knowledge base and durable results. Placement of greater value on natural capital of dunes will help to secure resilience in the face of climate change.
The campaign will look to:
− Increase understanding of climate change causes, actions and future consequences.
− Improve knowledge of importance of dunes and management for resilience.
− Create a better connection between communities and the landscape and the value of dunes ecosystems.
− Understanding of mobile dunes and need for sustainability.
This activity will be led by CPIE Val d'Authie, but all partners will carry out training locally to local communities.