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COASTAL: Co-creating evidence-based business roadmaps and policy solutions for enhancing coastal-rural collaboration and synergies

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COASTAL: Co-creating evidence-based business roadmaps and policy solutions for enhancing coastal-rural collaboration and synergies

Keywords: land-sea interactions, blue growth, rural development, scenario analysis, System Dynamics, multi-actor analysis, participatory modelling, business road maps

The general goal of the COASTAL project (2018-2022) was to develop evidence-based business road maps and policy guidelines aimed at improving the coastal-rural synergy to foster rural and coastal development while preserving the environment. The project partnership consisted of the coordinator (VITO, Belgium) and 28 partners. Six case studies or Multi-Actor Labs in Sweden, Belgium, France, Spain, Greece and Romania addressed land-sea interactions in a systemic manner. Project outcomes collected in this repository include:

• scientific publications

• marine and coastal water quality samples

• causal loop diagrams and fuzzy cognitive maps co-developed by stakeholders in six European Multi Actor Labs 

• narrative scenarios of business roadmaps and policy guidelines for synergistic sustainable development of coastal and rural areas. 

• System Dynamics (stock-flow) models with the data used

• best practices and evidence-based policy guidelines.   

In addition, a Knowledge Exchange Platform (https://coastal-xchange.eu) has been set up to create a durable legacy of the outcomes of COASTAL and support services and interactions between researchers, stakeholders and administrations adopting the methodology and tools of the project.  Please feel free to visit the platform or project website (https://h2020-coastal.eu).  COASTAL was funded by the Horizon 2020 Programme under Grant number 773782.   

More information:

Jean-Luc de Kok (project coordinator)

Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO)
2400 Mol (Belgium)


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Deposited data have been generated with COASTAL resources during the project implementation (project foreground as defined in the Consortium Agreement). Only results derived from the COASTAL project that are agreed upon by the project consortium partners will be included.  The other information regarding allowed data categories, use of keywords and other metadata are only required in the instructions sent to COASTAL partners and set out in the Data Management Plan.  Contributing partners are expected to deposit the data themselves. However, the final decision for data acceptance or rejection is a responsibility of the Data Task Force and the guidelines provided in the Data Management Plan (COASTAL deliverable D26) should be followed. 

February 15, 2022
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