REST-COAST will provide the tools to address some of the key challenges to coastal ecosystems today - all consequences of a long history of environmental degradation of our rivers and coasts.
Coastal regions provide some of the most productive and biodiverse environments with an important and often underappreciated Carbon storage potential, combined with the highest densities of population, assets and cultural heritage in the world. Rapidly developing and changing, these socially, economically and environmentally important areas are experiencing progressive degradation and escalating risks, further exacerbated by climate change.
Coastal management is often based on single-sided use of resources proven unsustainable in the long term as the associated environmental pressures remain unresolved. Operating within a limited social and technical consensus and a fragmented policy framework, measures often favour short term interventions leading to poor investment decisions. This, combined with increasing climate and human pressures and decreasing natural capital, results in declining biodiversity and ecosystem services, leading to growing costs and a significant Carbon footprint.
Improve coastal restoration practice and techniques through new hands-on restoration projects within the REST-COAST Pilots, supported by Restoration Platforms to demonstrate and scale-up measures for wider use.
Generate new tools and data to assess risk reduction at different climate change levels to provide consistent risk estimates across time scales and lower financial, social and political barriers to large scale restoration.
Design innovative financial arrangements and bankable business plans that support restoration upscaling by introducing co-financing options and long-term plans based on strategic investment pathways.
Develop a scalable plan for coastal adaptation through large scale restoration based on trade-offs and synergies between biodiversity and socio-economic development, aiming for financially viable solutions incorporating climate-resilient ecosystem services.
Co-design innovative governance arrangements and policies to overcome present barriers to large scale restoration and promote transformative changes in governance at all levels: from local to national and EU.
Support the Green Deal social transformation and engagement through a new Digital Platform dashboard, a Carbon Footprint Counter and a new App and Video game focusing on decarbonisation of coastal adaptation.
Engage with project stakeholders, EU Green Deal officers and international organisations to transfer REST-COAST restoration tools, data and expertise and demo material and ensure their uptake and exploitation.
Hands-on restoration of coastal ecosystems and upscaling potential technical aspects
Led by EURECAT, WP1 will identify and implement the most suitable techniques for the restoration of coastal biodiversity and ecosystem services and apply them in a set of Pilots, defining an approach for upscaling.
Climate risk reduction through innovative restoration
Led by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), WP2 will prepare a risk assessment suite based on hydro-morpho-eco coupled models with ecosystem services parameterised as a function of restoration scale and climatic conditions.
Financial arrangements and business plans for restoration upscaling
Led by the Global Climate Forum (GCF), WP3 will upscale coastal ecosystem restoration by overcoming economic and financial barriers through innovative and sustainable financial arrangements.
Adaptation management for restoration and upscaling
Led by Deltares, WP4 will integrate and coordinate the application of WP1/2/3 results to coastal adaptation-through-restoration management by developing coastal systemic adaptation pathways.
Transformative governance for restoration upscaling
Led by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), WP5 will build upon existing knowledge and results from previous WPs, to create an enabling socioeconomic environment for transformative and restoration-supportive governance that better integrates policies and mechanisms for large scale coastal restoration.
Dissemination, exploitation and social transformation tools
Led by Pensoft, WP6 will develop all dissemination and exploitation tools to ensure that society and relevant public and private parties receive the necessary inputs to be engaged in the Restoration Revolution.
Management and cooperation at EU and International levels
Led by the Catalonia University of Technology UPC-BarcelonaTech, WP7 will manage the project development to ensure a convincing demonstration of the feasibility and limits for large scale coastal restoration, generating added value with other EU and international initiatives.