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The Edge Magazine - Spring 2008

The Edge Magazine - Spring 2008

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CoastNet events
The magazine ofCoastNet
Spring 2008
Alex Midlen;
Theresa Redding;
Lesley Smeardon;
Manuela de los Rios;
Suzanne Gattrell;
This publication is partially fundedthrough the Corepoint project underthe Interrreg 3B Programme. Corepointaims to establish North West Europeas an internationally recognisedregion of excellence in coastalmanagement by encouraging fullimplementation of ICZM, highlightingbest practice, providing education byinfluencing national spatial policies –for further details please seehttp://corepoint.ucc.ie
CoastlinersOn the groundUnlocking the dataTraining theprofessionals
Coastal Access Conference
Astep too far,or a far sighted step?
19-20 June 2008 (On day two, an optional tourof Durham Heritage coast will be made.)In September 2007 Secretary of State, Hilary Benn,announced that the Government intends to legislateso that the public will have the right to walk aroundthe English coast for the first time.In this conferenceCoastNet will lookbeyond the detail of theforthcomingparliamentary process,to explore the potentialgains for coastalcommunities that mightarise from improvedcoastal access, and toquestion how people’s legitimate concerns might betaken into account.The conference will be aimed at coastal planners, landmanagers, conservation and heritage professionals,and countryside and access professionals.
Questions to be tackled
 •What is the right balance between accessibilityand ‘naturalness’ to ensure that social andeconomic benefits are optimised? •How can new provisions for coastal access beused to enhance the conservation and enjoymentof this resource, and deliver wider social andeconomic benefits? •The dynamic nature of the coast presents uniquemanagement challenges, especially on rapidlyeroding coasts. What mechanisms can be used toensure sustainability of access, and to manage thehealth and safety implications?Wewill address these questions through expertcontributions and examples from trails and pathnetworks that have successfully met differing social,economic and environmental demands.
Call for papers
Weare looking for case studieswhere an integrated approach to path and trailmanagement has delivered benefits to community,local business, wildlife and users. Case studies mayrange from strategic initiatives to local action.
Contact:Alex Midlen,Tel 01206 728644Email:alex.midlen@coastnet.org.uk
The Maritime Institute, Ghent
University of Western Brittany
 MACE at Cardiff University
Sefton City Council
Corepoint Partners Contacts
University of Aberdeen
 Martin Ryan Institute
Cork County Council
CMRC, University College Cork
Getting to theof Corepoint
The edge
Spring 2008
CoastNet – breathing newlife into coastal matters
Spring 2008Getting to the point of Corepoint
The edge 
is a quarterly magazine,sent out to all CoastNet members.CoastNet is an internationalnetworking organisation thatworks with all coastal interests topromote the exchange of ideas,information and expertise to findlong term solutions to coastalproblems that benefit all. Ourmission is to safeguard the world’scoast and those communities ofpeople and wildlife that dependupon it for their future.
Editor: Lesley SmeardonLesley.smeardon@coastnet.org.ukDesigned by: Cottier & SidawayPrinted by: Swan Print
To submit an article for publication, pleaseemail to the editor saving your submissionas a word document. Alternatively,send tothe address below. Letters can be sent to theeditor but we are unable to acknowledgereceipt. The editor reserves the right to editsubmissions.
CoastNet: The Gatehouse,Rowhedge Wharf,High St,Rowhedge, Essex, CO5 7ET.Tel/Fax: 01206 728644Email: admin@coastnet.org.ukWeb: www.coastnet.org.uk
CoastNet is governed by an independentBoard of Management and serviced by aSecretariat.Registered charity no 1055763Registered as a company limited byguarantee, companyno 3204452The opinions expressed in the magazine arenot necessarily those of CoastNet.©CoastNet, 2008
Getting to the point of Corepoint
Val Cummins, instigator and projectcoordinator for the Corepoint project,explains the purpose and goals of thefour year project.8
12 partners, 7 countries, one continent10
On the ground
Alook at Corepoint’s central idea ofexpert couplets – partnerships betweenlocally-based research institutions andlocal authorities.12
Unlocking the data
Tim Stojanovic discusses thedevelopment of local informationsystems in ICZM practice.14
Training the professionals
Abrief look at Corepoint’s trainingschools and its projects that cut acrossissues, sectors and regions.
The edge
Spring 2008
learned personally from seeing thediversity of approaches that are atwork across Europe, and throughhaving to understand differentsystems and the thinking thatunderpins them. I don’t doubtthat this is common to mostpeople who have been involved inEuropean projects, and I am surethat they would all agree that itis an immensely valuable andsatisfying experience.Ihear of many people who shyaway from Interreg, from LIFE,from Leonardo and so on, becauseof fears about bureaucracy, aboutbeing diverted from one’s corework. But I would urge thesepeople to think again, especiallywhen they work in coastalmanagement. Weneed to developnew ways of working and that is
what these programmes are largelyabout. So I say innovate, converseand debate with your Europeanneighbours, and bring the benefitsback home.This special edition of 
the edge
celebrates and reflects upon theachievements of the Corepointproject, funded through theEuropean Interreg programme.The following pages give a taste of the project and some insight intowhat it achieved.
Alex Midlen,Strategic Director
It was in applying approach b)that I was first introducedto European programmes andworking in a broad-based projectpartnership. It was hard at first tomake sense of the administrativesystems (the financial reportingwas a nightmare) but I perseveredand now it is second nature. Andin addition to the extra resourcesthat these programmes bring I cannow talk at length about otherbenefits of equal importance.First among these is creating thefreedom to innovate; to try newways of working and to sharethat learning with others. Insome cases I have seen theseinnovations become part of mainstream working because theywerepositive improvements.Aclose second is what I have
However idealistic we might like to be, resources usually drive ustowards European programmes. I have come across two opposingschools of thought in relation to matching budgets and workloads: if budgets are restrictivethen a) scale back on activity and overheads; or b) seek some additional funding to fill the gap.Both have their place of course, but in small teams (and that is usually where coastal thingssit), the former leads to a downward spiral of activity that quickly leads to extinction, while thelatter can facilitate survival against the odds.
The edge
Spring 2008
The edge
Spring 2008
News in brief
Maine wants lobster fisheriescertified sustainable
According to the Associated Press,the US Maine lobster industry isseeking to have its lobster certifiedas sustainable by the London-based Marine Stewardship Council.
Local communities to share stories ofthe East Anglian coast
Pamela Pearson,also known as‘the WallaseaMermaid’, will bethe first person toshare her story aspart of
Holding Back the Tide 
anew HeritageLottery fundedproject deliveredby CoastNet.Pamela grew up on the banks of theCrouch Estuary in Essex where herparents ran the Wallasea Yacht Club.Pictured here, at the age of 20, in herhomemade mermaid’s tail you canunderstand why she went on to be aprofessional synchronised swimmer –having nursed her passion for beingon and in the waters of the Crouchfrom a young age.
Imcore to begin whereCorepoint ends
Imcore, Innovative Management forCoastal Resources, is an InterregIVB project and successor to theCorepoint project. Provisionallyapproved by the North West EuropeProgramme, Imcore will enablemany of the Corepoint partners tocontinue to work together and applylessons learned and techniquesdeveloped to the issue of climatechange in coastal areas. It is hopedthat the project will start in April.
CoastNet working in Wales
CoastNet has won a contract tosupportCCW (Countryside Councilfor Wales) in taking forward the‘Making the most of the coast’initiative in North West Wales. Itsfocus will be the Menai Straight andConwy Bay Natura 2000 natureconservation site, but taking intoaccount the wider priorities andpressures in that area of NW Wales.CoastNet will be working with localand regional stakeholders to identifythe best approach to the creation ofasustainable coastal managementframework and action plan.
For more information contactSuzanne Gattrell,Project Coordinator:suzanne.gattrell@coastnet.org.uk
The project will involve collectingstories, pictures and artefacts fromEast Anglian communities to tellstories of coastal change in theregion over the past 50 years ormore and culminate in a travellingexhibition that celebrates thiscoast and changes faced as told byits inhabitants.“The telling and sharing of storiescan generate great pride in bothindividuals and communities, as wellas reinforcing the value of the coastitself”,says CoastNet’s newest teammember, Suzanne Gattrell, who iscoordinating the project.
News in brief
Caribbean countries plan earlytsunami warning system by 2010
Caribbean nations will set up a jointtsunami early warning centre by2010, governments agreed at ameeting in Panama in March.Supporters want the centre to relayinformation from national geologicalinstitutes across the region, thatcould help prevent deaths andinfrastructure damage in the eventof a tsunami.
Mediterranean tuna fleet in race forthe last bluefin
The most comprehensive analysis yetof the Mediterranean bluefin tuna fleetshows it conservatively having twicethe fishing capacity of current quotasand more than three and a half timesthe catchlevels recommended byscientists to avoid stockcollapseaccording to a new report by WWF,
Race for the last bluefin.
The fleet is so bloated that justcovering its costs implies that a thirdof its fishing would be illegal, with theworst over-capacity culprits beingTurkey, Italy, Croatia, Libya, Franceand Spain says the report.WWF is calling on concernedcountries to dramatically reducecapacity in this fishery as a matter ofurgency ahead of the 2008 fishingseason that starts end-April.
Uncovering the mysteries ofoceanic bacteria
Ateam of MIT researchersis trying tounderstand how microbes living in theoceans play a critical role in regulatingEarth’senvironment. The researchershave devised a new method to analysegene expression in complex microbialpopulations and say the work couldhelp better understand how oceansrespond to climate change.
IMO to discuss shipping carbonemissions cuts
The International MaritimeOrganisation (IMO) is to discussbinding measures to reduce carbondioxide emissions from internationalshipping. In April the body’smarineenvironment protection committee willexplore a range of options for tacklingthe issue.
Wind and wave developments
Anew study commissioned by theScottish government has found thatwind turbines will not put tourists offvisiting Scotland. According toresearchers at Glasgow’s CaledonianUniversity carrying out the survey,three-quarters of visitors surveyedsaid wind farms had a positive orneutral effect on the landscape, and97% said wind farms would have noimpact on their decision to visitScotland again.This is good news for the plethora ofwind and wave developmentprogrammes in the pipeline orunderway such as that by British Gasowner,Centrica, who is now set topush ahead with one of the UK's mostambitious offshore wind generationbuilding programmes offtheLincolnshire coast after it secured along-term contract on the MVResolution, the world's largestturbine-installing barge.Spanish company Iberdrola has alsobegun testing its wave energy pilot inSantoña, Cantabria, which willbecome the first of this kind tobe installed in Europe. And UK tidalenergy firm, Marine Current Turbineshas announced its plans to install theworld's first commercial scale, grid-connected tidal energy generator atStrangford Lough in Northern Irelandlate in April. The project is expectedto generate enough electricity for1,000homes.In North America, proposals for adeep water farm offthe coast ofMartha's Vineyard has been met withenthusiasm while the Pacific Gas &Electric Corporation were given apermit to study and possibly developwave energy off the coast ofNorthern California.
Greatest glacier ice loss recorded
Latest official figures from theWorld Glacier Monitoring Serviceshow that the world’s glaciers areshrinking at record rates and manycould disappear within decades,the UN Environment Programmereports. Data from close to 30reference glaciersin nine mountainranges indicate that between theyears2004-2005 and 2005-2006 theaverage rate of melting andthinning more than doubled.
North Pacific right whale receivesnew legal protection
The US federal government inMarch declared the North Pacificright whale ‘endangered’ under thefederal Endangered Species Act,following petitions and litigationfrom the Center for BiologicalDiveristy. The whale, once rangingfrom California to Alaska and acrossthe North Pacific to Russia andJapan, is now the most endangeredlarge whale in the world.
TV Coast’s, Mark Horton,speaks at APPG
The Coastal andMarine All PartyParliamentaryGroup held its AGMin February with DrMark Horton from the popular
series delivering apassionate address on the majorchallenges facing the UK’scoast.His enthusiasm for the coast, andconcern for the threatenedcoastal heritage and archaeologystimulated contributions from theaudience and a lengthydebate.See www.coastnet.org.uk forthe conference outputs.
Solutions focus provesasuccess for SEAconference
CoastNet’s first conference of2008, on Strategic EnvironmentalAssessment, proved yet again thepopularity of CoastNet-styleconferences with a strongemphasis on practical problemsand solutions to implementationof SEA in coastal and marinesituations. The approach wascomplemented by some thought-provoking contributions on therole of SEA in environmental justice, and on SEA as a learningtool for sustainable development.Beverley Walker, of RoyalHaskoning Scotland, who made akeynote presentation commented,“It’s the best conference I havebeen to for years”.

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