Coastal ecosystems are undergoing profound changes, threatened by climate change, urbanisation, over-exploitation of resources and, more recently, COVID-19. A unique window of opportunity exists to protect coastal ecosystems and coastal communities from further harm in a rapidly changing world. Coastal restoration is one action that can boost economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, while preserving ecosystem services, community cohesion and climate adaptation.
The latest in the Blue Paper series, “Coastal Development: Resilience, Restoration and Infrastructure Requirements”, makes the economic and security case for the development of resilient coastlines, and examines trade-offs between coastal protection and infrastructure development. The paper illustrates that practical solutions exist which can be implemented to allow economic and infrastructure development, without compromising the integrity and benefits of coastal ecosystems or disadvantaging the people who rely upon them.
Read the full "Blue Paper" here