Coastal management prevents erosion: 2 July final event for Triton project

The establishment of a pilot observatory, some geotechnical surveys, remote sensing applications of erosive risk: are some of the results of TRITON project that will be presented during the final event that will take place virtually on July 2, 2020 (starting from 9.30).

Thanks to Triton, a model of Integrated Coastal Management Zone has been developed among the Regions of Apulia and Western Greece, to establish decision support tools for the protection of coastal areas and the amplification of the impacts of coastal erosion.

Like most of the European coasts, the coastlines of Apulia and Western Greece are facing significant erosion, both due to natural causes, such as stormy winds, high waves and strong currents, as well as due to human induced causes, such as urban expansion, touristic development and coastal infrastructures. Despite the signing of the “Protocol for the Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) in the Mediterranean” in 2008, the impacts of erosion are still significant and adversely affect humans and ecosystems. Given the coast’s critical value and its potential, these problems must be addressed and the actions undertaken should be at European level since lots of them have a European dimension.

“This event” as the Governor of Western Greece Mr. Nektarios Farmakis emphasizes, “will be an opportunity to present TRITON’s results to the personnel of the Local Government, scientists, active citizens and of course, the political staff of the local communities. The issues of coastal erosion and adaptation to climate change will be particularly relevant in the coming years, and so, Municipalities and Regions must be properly prepared.”

Coastal zones are of strategic importance to all Europeans. They are a major source of food and raw materials, a vital link for transport and trade, the location of some of our most valuable habitats, the favored destination for our leisure time and home to a large percentage of our citizens. However, coastal zones are facing serious problems of habitat destruction, water contamination, coastal erosion and resource depletion and so, coastal zones suffer from serious socio-economic and cultural problems, such as weakening of the social fabric, marginalization, unemployment and destruction of property by erosion.

All project partners will take part in the meeting: University of Patras, Euro-Mediterranean Center for Climate Change (CMCC), Puglia Region with the support of ARTI Puglia and European Group of Territorial Cooperation Efxini Poli.

The agenda of the event and information for attending the conference at the following link