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BEACHMED: Environmental reconstruction and maintenance of beaches under erosion by using sand marine carriers

Type of Entry: Project
Website: www.beachmed.it
Duration: 10/2002 - 10/2004

The project BEACHMED has been set within the INTERREG IIIB - MEDOCC Community program, reserved to the western Mediterranean coastal countries. Purpose of this project is to define technical, environmental and economic issues connected to the extraction of marine borrow sand, essential for the reconstruction and the conservation of erosive coasts. 

All Countries involved in the area of competence of INTERREG IIIB-MEDOCC, have lead research projects in this sector with varied levels of in-depth work and methodologies. BEACHMED proposes to conform to this innovative approach which touches upon the structural problems of the coastal erosion, with a whole of sectoral activities: these are developed through a network that privileges exchange of the data and experience between the partners of the western Mediterranean.

The Project principle is connected to a real opportunity to converge on the definition of common and advanced methodologies in the sector of the assessment of environmental damages due to coastal erosion, the possible damages consequent to the use of marine quarries and to beach nourishment, the techniques of sandy deposit research, and on the optimal technologies of dredging and nourishment. We believe that a correct use of these methodologies may lead to a real management of the seascape, and to the protection and valorisation of the natural authentic shoreline patrimony.

Keywords: Beach nourishment, Coastal erosion, Dredging
Contact: E-Mail: infobeachmed@beachmed.it
Partner: Regione Lazio (Italy)
Conseil Général de l'Hérault (France)
Generalitat Valenciana (Spain)
Regione Liguria (Italy)
Regione Toscana (Italy)
Università degli Studi di Firenze (Italy)
European Dredging Association (EUDA)
Agence de Protection et d'Aménagement du litoral (APAL) (Tunisia)
Financed by: EU