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Objectives and Methodology

  • To analyze the likely impacts of coastal erosion and climate change on local populations;
  • To confront  scenarios of coastal evolution with the interpretations of the populations, the administration and the media about the erosion phenomena;
  • To analyze the practices and risk assessments of various social agents involved in the use and management of the coast and its positive and negative impacts on coastal erosion;
  • To analyze the possible interaction between these practices and evaluations and the impacts of climate change;
  • To reveal the tensions between the current models of coastal management and the planning concepts, practices and expectations at the local level;
  • To provide recommendations for a more sustainable planning and land use, in a context of increased risk of coastal erosion.
The achievement of these objectives is based on an interdisciplinary approach, combining historical, sociological and anthropological methods, within a framework of interaction between social and natural sciences, consisting on:
  • The characterization of the 3 areas in terms of socio-economic aspects, population flows, urban growth, land uses and economic activities (since 1950);
  • The analysis of past, present and future public policies at the national, regional and local levels, both in terms of coastal management as well as in terms of climate change;
  • The analysis of risk perceptions and practices - through focus groups, direct observation, interviews and surveys as well as media analysis on coastal change;
  • The presentation and discussion of future scenarios with local communities and administrative bodies, through workshops, to identify factors that facilitate and hinder future participatory processes and to tailor public policy planning;
  • The monitoring and dissemination of the project through the application of a survey, a website, local workshops and exhibitions.