The Government presents an advance of the Strategic Plan for the Protection of the Coast

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The objective of this initiative is to increase the naturalness of the coast by favoring its natural resilience as a means of preventing the risk of erosion and adapting to climate change

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The Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (Miteco) presented this Monday the progress of the National Strategic Plan for the Protection of the Spanish Coast, which considers the effects of climate change.

A multidisciplinary team led by the Coastal and Marine Union (EUCC), the Institute of Environmental Hydraulics (IHCantabria) of the University of Cantabria and the University Institute for Research in Sustainable Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems (IU-ECOAQUA) of the University of Cantabria participated in its drafting. University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC).

The document
will be submitted to national consultation until next July 22 to collect all the contributions on the action programs in the medium and long term, according to a statement from Miteco.

The objective of this initiative, financed by the Support Program for Structural Reforms of the European Union (DG Reform) at the request of Miteco, is
increase the naturalness of the coast by favoring its natural resilience as a means of preventing the risk of erosion and adapting to climate change.

The third vice president and minister for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, Teresa Ribera, pointed out in a telematic meeting that for Spain, with more than 10,000 kilometers of coastline, it is "essential" to have strategies and management mechanisms that "enable the good condition of our coastal strip where a very important part of our population lives and which supports significant economic activity”.

Over the last few months, the team involved in the project has carried out an analysis of the management and governance of the coastline,
developing an integrated diagnosis for a better understanding of coastal problemswhich identifies the specific goals and objectives, the methodology and the criteria for selecting the measures to be adopted to reduce pressure on the coast and for the protection, preservation and integrated management of coastal resources in Spain.

Based on the information collected in this integrated diagnosis, which incorporates
the review of experiences in other member countries of the European Unionthis Monday the advances in the elaboration of the National Strategic Plan with the definition of the mission, vision, general objective, strategic objectives, specific objectives and lines of action have been presented.

The National Strategic Plan for the Protection of the Spanish Coast, considering the effects of Climate Change, will be completed in November 2022 with the incorporation of the results of the consultation and the drafting of technical guides and complementary documents.

The main objective of this plan is to provide a
'consistent approach', that guarantees regional harmonization and the application of the most appropriate measures for the management and protection of the coast for the entire Spanish coastline.

These are all those actions that fall within the powers of the General Directorate for the Coast and the Sea (DGCM) in relation to the management of the risk of coastal erosion, seeking synergies with the management of the risk of flooding and incorporating the adaptation to climate change

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