On June 7-8, 2023 NetworkNature hosted its final project meeting in Brussels, Belgium. The event gathered over 200 representatives of various European organisations and projects, amongst which was REST-COAST.
Boris Barov (PENSOFT), members of the REST-COAST consortium and leader of WP6 Dissemination, Exploitation and Social transformation, presented the progress of restoration work done at the Rhone Delta pilot site, led by Tour du Valat. The case study offered insights to the favourable impact of passive and active restoration methods on coastal dynamics, flood and wave protection and biodiversity. He emphasised on the need to plan nature-based solutions in coastal restoration in a holistic manner, as coasts are the contact zone and interplay of the wider marine and terrestrial environments. REST-COAST implements the NBS building block approach to the majority of its pilot sites' restoration actions.
The REST-COAST presentation underscored the crucial role of nature-based solutions in mitigating climate change impacts and building resilience of coastal ecosystems. By integrating wetland creation, dune restoration, and reforestation, REST-COAST aims to develop sustainable strategies for coastal rehabilitation.