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EUROSION: Coastal erosion measures, knowledge and results acquired through 60 studies
Niesing, H. (2005). EUROSION: Coastal erosion measures, knowledge and results acquired through 60 studies, in: Herrier, J.-L. et al. (Ed.) (2005). Proceedings 'Dunes and Estuaries 2005': International Conference on nature restoration practices in European coastal habitats, Koksijde, Belgium 19-23 September 2005. VLIZ Special Publication, 19: pp. 421-431
In: Herrier, J.-L. et al. (Ed.) (2005). Proceedings 'Dunes and Estuaries 2005': International Conference on nature restoration practices in European coastal habitats, Koksijde, Belgium 19-23 September 2005. VLIZ Special Publication, 19. Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ): Oostende. XIV, 685 pp., more
In: VLIZ Special Publication. Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ): Oostende. ISSN 1377-0950, more

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Document type: Conference paper

Keywords
    Coastal erosion; Coasts; Conservation; Protection; ANE, Europe [gazetteer]; Marine

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  • Niesing, H.

Abstract
    Approximately twenty percent of the European Union’s coast is currently eroding despite the development of a wide range of measures to protect shorelines from eroding and flooding. The prospect of further sea level rise due to climate change and the heritage of mismanagement in the past - such as inappropriate infrastructure - imply that coastal erosion will be a growing concern in the future. This is why DG Environment of the European Commission tendered the EUROSION project, which was realised by a consortium led by the National Institute for Coastal and Marine Management of the Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management.
    A state of the art report was compiled, based on a Europe wide review of successful and unsuccessful strategies, measures and experiments to prevent or manage erosion for different types of coast. This paper presents the main lessons learned from the practical level of coastal erosion management. It aims to provide an overview to coastal managers at the European, national and regional and municipal levels with a state-of-the-art of coastal erosion management solutions in Europe, based on the review of 60 case studies. The case studies along the European coast have been selected on the following criteria: coastal erosion, land use and geographical distribution. The cases, scattered around Europe, are meant to illustrate the different situations on the assessment levels: coastal classification, existing policy, technical measures and socio-economic backgrounds. This paper focuses on the practical lessons learned and their possible utilisation in coastal erosion management. To a lesser extent the relationship between the perspective provided by the European database and the EUROSION policy recommendations is discussed.

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