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Invitation to seminar: Addressing Climate Change – Issues Facing Our Coast

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Tuesday 10 Mar 2015

Coastwatch Europe Seminar

Addressing Climate Change – Issues Facing Our Coast


Coastwatch Survey Results Launch and Follow Up Action Workshop

European Parliament Offices , Molesworth St., Dublin 2. – 20th March 2015

This event is to celebrate Coastwatch Autumn 2014 survey results around the island of Ireland, examine what they say about the health and management of our coast and then explore action especially in light of climate change in the context of EU and national law and practise.

For: Coastwatch surveyors, regional coordinators, lawyers, scientists, coast users and authorities.

11.15 – 11.45 Registration and Coffee

11.45 –  12.00 Welcome and photogenic launch of Coastwatch Autumn 2014 survey results. Nessa Childers MEP

12.00 – 12.30 Result overview, – Karin Dubsky, Angel Duarte and Monica Mc Card for the Coastwatch Team Ireland N and S.

12.30  – 12.40 Some key EU and NI/RoI coastal and marine law and policy to consider.

12.40 – 12.50 An introduction to the afternoon programme by workgroup facilitators.

12.50 -1.44 Marine Theme Buffet Lunch hosted by Nessa Childers MEP

1.45 – 3.00 Parallel work groups with short input papers followed by facilitated discussion and proposals for follow up action.

A – Coastal spatial planning, a new Foreshore Act, and marine conservation zones.  Coastal land focus is on dunes; their status, role, protection introduced by case studies.

Coastal water focus is on intertidal and shallow sublittoral.

B – Tackling select marine waste issues and litter at source.

3.00 – 3.20 Coffee break

3.20  – 4.00 Coastwatchers present points of note and concern, successes, ideas and plans.

4.00 –  4.30 Presentation of work group outcomes ( 5 min each ) and creating a priority list of actions to focus on (over an apple and a post it).

4.30  – 4.45 A thank you to special people, Coastwatch Citclops survey and international plans

4.45 Official Close

While there is no charge for this event, it is essential that you book your place in advance, please visit our Event page here

Acknowledgements: The survey data presented has been gathered by volunteers from Ireland N and S. We wish to thank all those who surveyed and acted as regional coordinators or Coastwatch core team volunteers. Also a big thank you to the Dept. of the Environment grant towards survey costs and Nessa Childers MEP for hosting the workshop.

For any questions and/or concerns, please visit www.coastwatch.org, www.citclops.eu, or contact Karin Dubsky at kdubsky@tcd.ie, Mob: 086 8111 684.