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

Partners

COASTAL is a unique collaboration of 29 partners from 8 EU Member States, representing coastal and rural business entrepreneurs, administrations, and scientific experts.

The project core consortium includes:

  • 11 research institutes and 3 universities active in the field of marine science and innovation, hydrology, rural development, agriculture and integrated systems modelling
  • 3 NGOs active in the field of regional development and economics, agriculture, tourism, and coastal development
  • 2 farming advisory organisations
  • 4 administrations involved in regional and rural development, port development, and environmental management
  • 2 SMEs with expertise in knowledge dissemination, blue growth, industrial and coastal development
  • 2 development agencies and 2 partners representing the business sector

The COASTAL consortium consists of a well-balanced team of experienced research, business, and administrative partners from different disciplines ranging from the marine and coastal environment (HCMR, SU, INCDM, SEI, LUKE, VLIZ), hydrology and hydrogeology (VITO, SU, IRSTEA, ICEADR, CSIC, CARM, FRAB, GLOB), agriculture and rural development (SU, IRSTEA, ICEADR, CSIC, VLM, POM, GAL DD, GAL DC, DOAM, CARM, FECOAM, CRANA, FRAB, blue growth (GRBR, POM, SEI, CVF, AGHO, VLIZ), transition science and business innovation (ICRE8, GRBR, CRAB, NIRAS), systems engineering and information technology (VITO, GEO, SEI), and social sciences and multi-actor approaches (VITO, SINTEF, GLOB, CSIC).

Read more about participants in the COASTAL Team:

VITO is a Flemish Research and Technology Organisation (RTO) with over 750 high-qualified employees. As an independent and customer-oriented research organisation, VITO provides innovative technological solutions as well as scientifically based advice. VITO focuses on five different research programmes: sustainable chemistry, energy, health, materials management and land use. VITO participates in the Flemish Blue Cluster - an innovation platform for blue growth. The Environmental Modelling Unit (EMU) consists of more than 70 researchers assessing the current and future pressures on air, land and water. VITO-EMU coordinates the COASTAL project and systems modelling work package. 
Dr Jean-Luc de Kok
Dr Jean-Luc de Kok
Project Coordinator
Dr Bastiaan Notebaert
Dr Bastiaan Notebaert
Work package coordinator
Peter Viaene
Peter Viaene
Work package coordinator
Katleen Van Baelen
Katleen Van Baelen
Administrative Support & Financial Management
The Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) is a large Governmental Research Centre under the General Secretariat for Research and Technology. It comprises three Institutes: Oceanography; Fisheries & Inland Waters; Marine Biology, Genetics & Aquaculture. The staff totals approximately 480 people comprising researchers, scientists, technicians and administrative employees. HCMR will coordinate WP2 with SU as co-leader, and will contribute to WP1, WP3 and WP4. HCMR will coordinate the Multi-Actor Lab for the SW Messinia case study, together with the Navarino Environmental Observatory.
The Department of Physical Geography at SU conducts research on water and climate interactions; water quality - not least regarding agricultural nutrient loading to inland and coastal waters; sustainable urban/rural development; and environmental impacts and solution policies, for example, in the context of the EU Water Framework Directive. In COASTAL, SU leads the work on the Baltic coastal case study and co-leads the work on the Greek coastal case study, as SU also operates the Navarino Environmental Observatory (NEO) with focus on the climate and environment of the Mediterranean region.
Dr Georgia Destouni
Dr Georgia Destouni
PI of the SU part of COASTAL, Leader of MAL3 and co-leader of WP2
Dr Zahra Kalantari
Dr Zahra Kalantari
Co-PI of the SU part of COASTAL
Dr Carmen Prieto Hierro
Dr Carmen Prieto Hierro
Scientific programmer and Research engineer
Dr Samaneh Seifollahi-Aghmiuni
Dr Samaneh Seifollahi-Aghmiuni
Postdoctoral researcher
Yuanying Chen
Yuanying Chen
PhD student and Research engineer
Dr Johan Kuylenstierna
Dr Johan Kuylenstierna
Director of Navarino Environmental Observatory (NEO)
Giorgos Maneas
Giorgos Maneas
PhD student and Station Manager of the Navarino Environmental Observatory (NEO)
Dr Håkan Berg
Dr Håkan Berg
PhD advisor of Giorgos Maneas at SU
SINTEF is a broad, multidisciplinary research organisation with international top-level expertise in the fields of technology, the natural sciences, medicine and the social sciences. 
Andreas Misund
Andreas Misund
Researcher
Dr Rachel Tiller
Dr Rachel Tiller
WP leader for WP1: Multi-Actor Analysis
IRSTEA,  the National Institute for Research in Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture,  is a public research institute in France focusing on natural resource management issues (land, water resources) and agricultural technology. In 2020 it will merge with INRA (National Institute of Agricultural Research which is the public research institute dedicated to agricultural science).
Françoise Vernier
Françoise Vernier
In charge of the Charente case study
Jean-Marie Lescot
Jean-Marie Lescot
In charge of the Charente case study
Sandrine Sabatié
Sandrine Sabatié
Responsible for data management
Caitrona Carter
Caitrona Carter
Responsible for public policy analysis (focusing mainly-but not only-on those policies related to ma
Kevin Petit
Kevin Petit
In charge of GIS management
Odile Phelpin-Leccia
Odile Phelpin-Leccia
Eco-hydrological modelling and hydrological expertise
Jean-Philippe Terreaux
Jean-Philippe Terreaux
Expert economist
Dr Olivuer Piller
Dr Olivuer Piller
Expert Mathematics/Modelling
Stephanie Touvron
Stephanie Touvron
Administrative project management
The National Institute for Maritime Research and Development “Grigore Antipa“- NIMRD (Institutul National de Cercetare-Dezvoltare Marina “Grigore Antipa” - INCDM) is the scientific responsible of the national network of physical, chemical and biological marine monitoring and coastal erosion surveillance, operating under the coordination of the Ministry of Research and Innovation. NIMRD carries out basic, applied and technological research for the knowledge, protection and management of the coastal zone and marine environment, oceanography, marine and coastal engineering, management of the marine living resources in the Black Sea and World Ocean.
Dr Luminita Lazar
Dr Luminita Lazar
Scientific coordinator, coordinate the Multi-Actor Lab for the case study
Dr Mariana Golumbeanu
Dr Mariana Golumbeanu
ICZM expert, WP6 activities.
Dr Laura Boicenco
Dr Laura Boicenco
Phytoplankton expert, WP1 and WP2.
Dr Valeria Abaza
Dr Valeria Abaza
Marine pollution and benthic habitats, WP1, WP2
Dr Andra Oros
Dr Andra Oros
Expert in marine pollution and heavy metals, WP1 and WP2.
The Research Institute for the Economy of Agriculture and Rural Development carries out scientific research activities in the field of agrarian economy and rural development concerning: economic evaluation of agricultural resources - management of agricultural holdings, technical-economic fundamentalism of production technologies, economic optimization and profitability of agricultural production, the foundation of systems and mechanisms for the functioning of the agricultural and agri-food products market in Romania, socio-economic dimensions of the sustainable development of rural communities based on surveys, studies and analyzes.
The International Centre for Research on the Environment and the Economy (ICRE8) is a non-profit private Research Centre dedicated to interdisciplinary research on sustainable development and management of the Environment, Energy, Economy, Eco-innovations and based in Athens (Greece). The overarching goal of the Centre is to promote the understanding and implementation of Sustainable Development, as the only non-self-destructive path of socio-economic development. The Centre’s research mains expertise includes financial analysis, socio-economic and econometric analysis, environmental valuation, political and institutional analysis, integrated environmental-economic modelling, GIS, multi-stakeholder analysis. ICRE8 is WP3 leader in the COASTAL project.
 
Dr Ebun Akinsete
Dr Ebun Akinsete
Senior researcher
Alice Guittard
Alice Guittard
Junior researcher
The Soil and Water Conservation Research Group (SWC) forms part of the Centre of Applied Soil Science and Biology (CEBAS) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). SWC performs basic and applied interdisciplinary research with the ultimate aim to identify and evaluate Sustainable Land Management (SLM) and restoration scenarios for rain fed and irrigated cropping and (semi)natural ecosystems. SWC studies hydrological, ecological, and geomorphological processes, plant ecophysiology and soil-plant-atmosphere relationships involved in land degradation and desertification in semiarid environments.
Geonardo is an innovation and technology company active in the environment and sustainable development fields. Geonardo provides research, innovation and consultancy services and cutting-edge solutions in the renewable energy, resource efficiency, climate change and natural resources sectors. Across these sectors, Geonardo conducts state-of-the-art life cycle assessments (LCA), GIS/remote sensing applications, develops web-based planning and decision support tools, and implements novel training, capacity building, institutional strengthening, and communication and disse mination actions.
Greenbridge is an incubation and innovation center, GreenBridge has the ambition to become a gateway to a broad network of actors active within the H2020 Blue Growth strategy. How? By developing and breeding an active knowledge pool while offering extensive business support, GreenBridge wants to facilitate the Triple Helix model bringing governing bodies, knowledge centers and companies together and enroll an active Blue community ready to tackle Blue issues. In short, GreenBridge can be described as an avant-garde facilitator supporting the Blue strategy.
 
Noémie Wouters
Noémie Wouters
Lead partner of WP5
Maxime Depoorter
Maxime Depoorter
Lead partner of WP5
Eveline Vermeulen
Eveline Vermeulen
Administration
The Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives of Murcia (FECOAM) was created in 1985 with the aim of Representation, Arbitration, Advisory and Information, Participation, Training, and Promotion of the agricultural cooperatives. Nowadays it includes 75 agricultural associations representing about twenty thousand farmers only in the Region of Murcia which is about 90% of agriculture cooperatives in the Region. It also belongs to the Confederation of Agricultural Cooperatives of Spain (CCAE) to the national community and to the Committee of the General Union of Agricultural European Cooperatives (COGECA), based in Brussels.
Chambre Regionale d’Agriculture Nouvelle Aquitaine (Regional Chamber of Agriculture) is a corporate public institution led by a board comprising farmers and run by professional technicians from the agricultural sector. The Regional Chamber of Agriculture represents the interests of Agriculture with the public authorities (State and local authorities) and with society. The Regional Chamber of Agriculture develops expertise in different fields such as environment, agronomy, economy, farmer training, territorial development, prospective, innovations
The FRAB unifies the organic farmers’ groups of the 12 departments of the New Aquitaine (NA) region. Its objective is to develop organic farming in the region and to represent organic farmers in relations with the public authorities and institutions. FRAB also supports and informs organic farmers, raises awareness among nonorganic farmers, promotes organic farming and coordinates projects on organic production in the NA region.
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