Researchers, academics, and practitioners participated in the 2nd Coastal International Workshop, organised by the Department of Geography and Geology at Edge Hill University and funded by IKEF, GCRF, and the Newton Fund (NERC, ESRC, Thailand Research Fund) Thai Coast Project.
The workshop focused on the theme of Coastal Resilience and Adaptation, and brought together a large group of international experts from Universities in Thailand (Mahidol, Chulanlongkorn, Thammarat), Canada (Mount Alison), Spain (Gran Canaria), Ireland (NUI Galway) and the UK (EHU, Brighton, Sussex, Stirling and Huddersfield). The event was also attended by practitioners and managers from The National Trust, Natural England, Sefton Council, and the Southport Eco-Centre, and included colleagues from the Faculty of Education at EHU and community members.
Andrew Brockbank – Countryside Manager from The National Trust at Formby commented:
I enjoyed the presentations from partners from Thailand, Canada, Gran Canaria, Ireland and Britain and it all provided some really useful insights into work to identify hazards and build resilience in coastal systems …. I left the conference feeling suitably inspired to really focus on the questions of present and future capacity of coastlines …. The recurring theme of the importance of involvement and empowerment of local communities in building resilience is something which we fully support …. Thank you for extending the invitation to land managers and our partners in local and central government departments …. These occasions are really valuable and I hope that you may be able to continue to host similar conferences’
This is the 2nd Coastal Workshop organized by the Department of Geography and Geology at EHU, and follows on the success of a similar event in February 2019. These are unique opportunities for networking, knowledge exchange, and boosting on-going and new collaborations, as well as promoting in-depth discussion of coastal issues.
We thank all participants for an incredibly successful event and we look forward to organizing the 3rd Coastal Workshop soon! For further information on potential research collaborations, please visit our dedicated research pages here.