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20 Jan 2017
Sun, sand…and safety! – How long will we have beaches?
A EurOcean organised workshop in Faro, Portugal will bring together citizens, scientists, business representatives, entrepreneurs, local authorities and policy makers in an open dialogue to discuss this challenge for Portugal

On Monday, 6th January 2014 the Hercules storm was bearing down on the coasts of Europe. Potential record-size waves, gale force winds and a huge storm surge were forecast. The morning after showed once again how serious shoreline erosion is in Portugal, with many beaches affected and  coastal infrastructure damaged. Tourism is one of the most important economic activities in Portugal. In 2013, nearly 14 million tourists came to Portugal mostly to take advantage of its sun & sand. As beaches shrink and tourism increases, a new vision for the coastal zone is needed. Safe beaches must be assured for those who live, work or spend leisure time by the coast in a sea level rise context.

On Saturday 21 January 2017 EurOcean is organising a workshop in Faro as part of the H2020 MARINA project to look at a new vision to address this challenge. It will involve citizens, scientists, business representatives, entrepreneurs, local authorities and policy makers in an open dialogue, within a framework of Responsible Research and Innovation, promoted by the European Commission. Together, they will define a common vision and a roadmap of solutions and actions. The results, along with the outcomes of the other MARINA workshops in Europe, will be freely accessible on the MARINA Web Knowledge Sharing Platform, used for identifying lessons learned and best practices and disseminated at European policy conferences.

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