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CONSCIENCE: Concept and Science for Coastal Erosion Management

Type of Entry: Project
Website: www.conscience-eu.net
Duration: 2007 -

The strategic objective of the CONSCIENCE project is to develop and test concepts, guidelines and tools for the sustainable management of erosion along the European coastline, based on best available scientific knowledge and on existing practical experience.


  1. To define a decision-making framework based on the concepts formulated by the EUROSION project, i.c. coastal resilience, coastal sediment cells, favourable sediment status and strategic sediment reservoirs.
  2. To develop these concepts into measurable standards, which can be evaluated in practice for any field situation.
  3. To link these standards to ongoing European initiatives as GEO/GMES, the European Soil Strategy in preparation, The European Maritime Strategy and the Recommendation on Integrated Coastal Zone Management.
  4. To produce guidelines and tools to enable an effective implementation in European coastal management.

The practical applicability and effectiveness of the guidelines and tools will be evaluated in selected test sites. It is envisaged that the combination of the decision-making framework and the provision of guidelines and tools will prove highly valuable to coastal managers when deciding on the most sustainable method of managing erosion at any given location. Therefore the project results will be broadly disseminated to stakeholders at local, regional and European levels.


Contact: Mr. Marcel Marchand
WL | Delft Hydraulics, Marine & Coastal Management
P.o.Box 177
2600 MH Delft
Telephone: +31 15 285 8558
Fax: +31 15 285 8710
Partner: The International Centre for Coastal Resources Research (CIIRC)
EUCC Mediterranean Centre (Centro Mediterraneo EUCC)
National Institute for Marine Geology and Geo-ecology (GEOECOMAR)
HR Wallingford Ltd
Institute of Hydroengineering, Polish Acad. of Sciences (IBW PAN)
National University of Ireland, Cork (NUIC)
RIKZ | The National Institute for Coastal and Marine Management
PAP/RAC | Priority Actions Programme Regional Activity Centre
Financed by: A specific targeted research project under the EU’s 6th Framework Programme for Research (FP6)