Co-creating evidence-based business roadmaps and policy solutions for enhancing coastal-rural collaboration and synergies

COASTAL Kick-off in Brussels

29 partners from 9 European countries came together in Brussels between 5 and 8 June 2018 to mark the start of the four-year research project COASTAL: Collaborative Land Sea Integration Platform.

The COASTAL project is funded through the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 research programme. The kick-off was organized by the project coordinator, VITO.

Attendees included representatives of all COASTAL partners, project- and scientific officers to the project at the European Commission, the representative of DG MARE and the coordinator of the ROBUST project: Rural-Urban Outlooks: Unlocking Synergies financed under H2020-RUR-01-2016.

The COASTAL partners are:

Through active engagement with a wide range of actors and stakeholders in a multi-actor approach COASTAL formulates and evaluates business solutions and policy recommendations aimed at improving the coastal-rural synergy to foster rural and coastal development while preserving the environment.

The fruitful discussions at the kick-off meeting benefitted from the multidisciplinary nature of the COASTAL team. Partners took this opportunity to share their experience and knowledge of the different themes to be tackled by the project. Several decisions were made by the group on the various phases of the project. In general the kick off meeting successfully provided all partners with general guidance for the undertaking of the project, with a particular focus on the first part of the research undertaking sectoral analysis of coastal and rural development, multi-actor analysis and conceptual analysis of land-sea dynamics (under ‘Work Package 1’). The project is structured around 8 work packages with six complementary case studies in Sweden, Belgium, France, Spain, Greece and Romania.

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