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Sustainable Coastal Development in Practise (SUSCOD)
Start date: Aug 31, 2009, End date: Dec 30, 2013 PROJECT  FINISHED 

SUSCOD aims to make a step change in the application of integrated coastal zone management (ICZM). In doing so coastal potentials -economical, social and environmental- can be utilized to full advantage and broader support for coastal management measures can be secured. 7 partners from 5 countries will develop an innovative Integrated Coastal Zone Management (IZCM) assistant. The ICZM approach has been explored in several parts of the NSR. The focus of these interventions has often been for public safety. Although these interventions have offered opportunities to realise the full development potential of the areas concerned, in practice a fully integrated, holistic approach has rarely been taken. This is regrettable because coastal potentials are not fully utilised. SUSCOD brings together partners that want to change this through a well coordinated transnational team approach. This practical web based tool will allow coastal development practitioners to fully realise coastal potentials: economical, social and environmental. Achievements: • Inventory and analysis of existing ICZM tools and indicators available. Reviewing the present status of IZCM implementation in the partner regions, including the application of IZCM tools and practical techniques as being applied in the light of challenges imposed by climate changes. • We have developed the ICZM Assistant, an attractive and practical web based tool which is easy to use. Within the Assistant you can find interesting projects, people and knowledge. • The Assistant was fed by all the pilot projects, including the innovative pilot project on simulation and visualisation of storm and wave effects. • Another project result is a multimedia hub and related educational materials. The centrepiece is FLEX: Fife Landscape Explorer, an interactive state of the art 3D computer visualisation of the pilot project area. • We have developed the ICZM Assistant workshop. The Assistant can be easily used without the workshop, but the workshop does give an extra incentive to do so. All partners have trained at least once colleagues and other relevant professionals in their region and are also available in the future to this if necessary.
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