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[EVENT] Joint Belmont Forum-EU FP7 projects meeting & Workshop Coastal Vulnerabilities - Knowledge and Evidence for Policy

23 September 2014

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As the proportion of the world population living near coasts increases during the 21st century, coastal environments may be degraded by multiple stresses arising from local to global scale drivers. Decision making, social adaptation and building governance to enable resilience against coastal risks is difficult because of the complex interactions between these drivers and competing concerns. Assessments of what makes a system vulnerable vary greatly from one case to another due to the conjunction of multiple drivers  and local circumstances. This situation often results in the development and use of specific local approaches that are not generic enough to be used elsewhere, and therefore inhibit the wider sharing of knowledge.

 

Such problems require a significant directional change in the way science is understood and undertaken. There is a profound need for novel, transferable, coastal vulnerability assessment approaches to facilitate decision making for complex problems that inevitably involve trade-offs, e.g. between ecosystems services and livelihoods or lifestyles. Recognising the aforementioned issues and the value of interdisciplinary and comparative approaches, the Belmont Forum founded 7 projects that address them from variable angles [ARTISTICC, DELTAS, METROPOLE, TRUCGULLS, BanD-AID & MAGIC]. 

 

In September 23 2014, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, representatives of these projects, as well as representatives of 4 aligned EU-funded projects under FP7 [ASTARTE, PEARL, RISC-KIT & RISES-AM] will come together to a common meeting in order to exchange knowledge, experience and good practices. 

 

Part of the meeting will be devoted to the organization of the joint Networking Workshop "Coastal Vulnerabilities - Knowledge and Evidence for Policy", an initiative of RISC-KIT, aiming to promote knowledge sharing and transfer, as well as scientific dissemination of the projects' aims, objectives and results. The networking workshop will also aim to obtain feedback on the developed tools and approaches, as well as dissemination of the uptake of the projects' results and tools and the updates on policy engagement. 

 

RISC-KIT will have an important contribution both to the meeting and workshop through the participation of the project co-ordinator Ap van Dongeren and Robert McCall from Deltares, Grit Martinez from Ecologic Institute and Cristina Costa from EurOcean, demonstrating both the transdisciplinary nature of the project as well as its on going achievements. 

 

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