Promoting shared stewardship for Mediterranean Coasts 

 

The COASTRUST project addresses the need to sustainably use, manage, protect or restore species, habitats, or ecosystems with the involvement of stakeholders from related economic sectors and of citizens, all in accordance with the European policy framework that promotes participatory approaches to foster biodiversity conservation.

  • Program: Interreg Euro-MED
  • Lead partner: Region of Western Greece.
  • Project partners: Regional Development Agency Dubrovnik-Neretva County – DUNEA, Department of Architecture – Roma Tre University, Andalusian Federation of Towns and Provinces – FAMP, Institute for Nature Conservation in Albania, Office of the Prime minister of Herzegovina-Neretva Canton Government, Sustainable Development Foundation SUBMON, Nature Trust Malta. 
  • Associated partners: University of Patras, The Public Institution for the Management of Protected Natural Areas of Dubrovnik-Neretva County, XIII Mountain Community of the Lepini Ausoni Mountains, Nijar municipality, Prefecture Shkodër, Municipality of Neum, Domus De Maria Municipality, MUV Ltd.
  • Project duration: 01/01/2024. – 31/08/2026.
  • Project budget: 2.420.503,00 EUR.
Coast of the Natura 2000 site of l'Albera, in Llançà (Catalonia, Spain).

The project

The Mediterranean basin is one of the world’s most important hotspots of biodiversity in terms of the richness of species and ecosystems. However, human activities and overexploitation of natural resources are resulting in ecosystem degradation and species loss at an alarming rate, requiring a coordinated transnational approach.

The COASTRUST project addresses the need to sustainably use, manage, protect or restore species, habitats, or ecosystems with the involvement of stakeholders from related economic sectors and of citizens, all in accordance with the European policy framework that promotes participatory approaches to foster biodiversity conservation.

The project will focus on environmental stewardship as a form of governance, acting at local and community levels, and reflecting the increasing influence of environmental principles on the different economic sectors. The project will apply environmental stewardship in coastal areas exposed to the influence of anthropogenic pressures, resulting in the establishment of multi-stakeholder management mechanisms with the aim to improve management of natural resources on land and sea.

The project will operate strategically at the methodological level by ensuring the conditions for environmental management and creating a methodology for the further transfer of the COASTRUST approach beyond the scope of the project to the benefit of every citizen of the Mediterranean, and at the implementation level by supporting and monitoring the development of pilot activities. The project will develop a coastal stewardship strategy and a series of activities for each target area according to its specificities, needs and environmental goals.

Our role

In this project, SUBMON is the expert consultant on marine/coastal stewardship, and will train, accompany and support the other 8 Mediterranean partners as they plan, organise, implement and manage their pilot marine/coastal stewardship initiatives in their countries (Italy, Malta, Greece, Albania, Croatia, Spain and Bosnia and Herzegovina).