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Managed realignment in northern Europe: a comparative study of England and Germany
Rupp-Armstrong, S.; Nicholls, R.J. (2005). Managed realignment in northern Europe: a comparative study of England and Germany, 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. 657-659
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

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    Managed retreat; Sea level rise; Intertidal habitat

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  • Rupp-Armstrong, S.
  • Nicholls, R.J.

Abstract
    The coastal management measure ‘managed realignment’ (to create intertidal habitat) has aroused increasing interest over the past decade. This doctoral research project has so far concentrated on a comparative study of England’s and Germany’s approaches to managed realignment, to determine similarities and differences, and make predictions on its future use. Qualitative interviews were undertaken with key experts; supported by an extensive literature review and communication with coastal practitioners. All interviewees perceived managed realignment as a positive development, although the likelihood of its increased future use was judged differently. Some 36 schemes exist. Motivation for English, and to a certain extent on Baltic Sea schemes, seems more driven by long-term, multi-causal factors than on Germany’s North Sea coast, where managed realignment has to date only been motivated by habitat mitigation needs. However, there are signs that on this coast, conservation could be an important driver for its increased use in the 21st century. Thus managed realignment is now firmly on the agenda in both countries, reflecting a radical departure from the recent past. However, take-up is likely to differ notably both between and within these countries.

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