Erosion and rising sea levels threaten the governance of Valencia’s coastline, experts say

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Coastal erosion, increase in the global average temperature, rising sea levels, extreme weather conditions and salinity are the main threats to the governance of the Valencian coastline. This was confirmed by experts at a workshop on the governance of coastal and marine regions held at the Faculty of Law of the Universitat de Valčncia.

Participants identified organisational boundaries as a crucial issue that hinders the coordination between administrations and stakeholders. The event served to provide solutions, such as the promotion of bodies that define the institutional structure of the areas to be managed or the creation of citizens’ assemblies to encourage participation.

Attendees stressed the need to develop advanced techniques of scenario analyses, incorporating new forecasting tools such as compliance indicators or environmental law monitoring and control plans, among other things, to predict future scenarios.

The workshop was organised into four sessions, led by academics from European universities. These included Gianluca Ferraro and Pierre Failler from the University of Portsmouth; Bernabé Aldeguer, Oscar Barberŕ and Irene Luján from the Universitat de Valčncia, and Elisa Furlan, Federica Zennaro and Gea Grassi from the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change (CMCC).

These sessions addressed key issues such as obstacles and facilitators in coastal governance, the current policy framework in Spain and the Valencian Community, the impact of climate change in the region and strategies to foresee the future and transform decision-making.

Representatives from the Valencian Government, the Valencian Federation of Local Councils and Provinces, the Valencia City Council and the Ministry for the Ecological Transition were invited to the event. Several civil society organisations such as HOSBEC (Hotel and Tourism Association of the Valencian Community), the Assemblea Climŕtica, Per l’Horta and Acció Ecologista Agró were also invited. Representatives from the Oceanogrŕfic Foundation and research projects such as Life Intemares and Wetlands4Climate also attended.

The event was funded by the University of Portsmouth and the Universitat de Valčncia, and is linked to the development of the Blue Green Governance project (Horizon Europe).