Current Impressions of European Dunes and Coasts

Research, Management, Conservation, Education

Field Stations


Meetings, Excursions



Welcome to the BEACH and DUNE NETWORK - Germany

Why a coastal dune network?

Coastal dunes are one of the most threatened habitats in Europe. They offer habitats for various, often specialised animals and plants; and the unique landscape constitute an important service for human well-being. Human pressure, landscape use and the nature values result in conflicts of interests.

Aims of the Coastal network, to

- conserve sand dunes, shingle and sand beaches as dynamic landscapes with unique nature values
- promote the sustainable use and management
- support policies and actions that maintain the intrinsic natural values
- develop a vibrant European network of communities concerned with coastal dunes and their management
- support the knowledge and understanding of coastal dunes, and
- to provide an international platform dedicated to coastal dunes

We set out to achieve this by

- enthusing and encouraging people to value and understand the habitats more thoroughly
- championing the habitats and support their nature value
- facilitating an exchange of knowledge and support actions that are good for the habitats
- making the Network an active community of participants and a recognised source of expertise and authority at a global level

Who is involved?

The Network includes, amongst others, site managers, national policy makers, students, researchers, ecologists, geomorphologists, hydrologists, foresters, coastal engineers, tourism managers.... . Events always involve a cross-section of interests to bridge the gap between disciplines and to encourage lively debate.

There are a number of national and regional dune networks already formed in several countries, e.g.

Europe; France,Poland, UK

Join the Network

Participation in the network is free. Network members will receive updates via email few times a year and have the opportunity for the input of information to the network.
To join the network, please fill out the application form # and send it to us. Your data from the application will be entered in an internal, non-public accessible database. This allows us to connect interdisciplinary members if the need should arise. We welcome members from outside the Federal Republic of Germany, as one of the goals of our network is to promote cooperation in Germany, Europe, and worldwide. If you are interested in European or international cooperation, you can get in touch with the European Dune Network.


The Beach and Dune Network is operated on a voluntary basis.


Do you have hints or ideas for improving our network or holding events, or do you know people who could support the Beach and Dune Network? If so, please send us an email at dunes-d (at)



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The expansion with 120 hectare of the tidal plain of the Zwin by the relocation inland of the international dyke between Knokke (Belgium) and Cadzand (Netherlands), turning polder back into tidal creeks, mudflats and salt marshes, with islands meant as nesting opportunities for coastal birds. Photographer: (c) Anita Eijlers, date: 13th February 2019.

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Further restoration of tidal mudflats, salt marshes and low dunes over a superficies of 3 hectare by the removal of a dredging sludge dump on the eastern bank of the Yzer-rivermouth at Nieuwpoort (Belgium). Photographer: (c) Stijn Deruyter, date: 18th March 2019.

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Excursion with Rome 3's students. Ecology and conservation of coastal ecosystems. Punta Aderci Reserve, Roce del Fiume Crati, Calabria, Italy. Photographer: (c) Alicia TR Acosta, date: 12th April 2019. Link to further information: (in Italian).

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Excursion with Rome 3's students. Ecology and conservation of coastal ecosystems. Molise Coast, region: Foce del Fiume Crati, Calabria, Italy. Photographer: (c) Alicia TR Acosta, date: 2th May 2019.

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Creation of wet dune slacks in february 2019 on Sylt near „Sansibar“ (Germany) for natterjack toad (Epidalea calamita), golden bog groundbeetle (Carabus nitens) and pygmy rush (Juncus pygmaeus). Photographer: (c) Rainer Borcherding CC-BY-SA 3.0, date: February 2019.

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New wet dune slack created in early march 2019 east of Wittdün on the island of Amrum (Germany). Willow shrub was removed to attrack natterjack toads (Epidalea calamita) and to promote growth of the bog orchid (Hammarbya paludosa). Photographer: (c) Rainer Borcherding CC-BY-SA 3.0, date: March 2019.












Successful final seminar of the LIFE projects REWETDUNE and WETHAB -2019-

Luc Geelen  ( & Marijn Nijssen (

The final seminar of both LIFE projects took place May 13-15, 2019 at Skagen, Denmark. The seminar focussed on sharing experiences on project approaches, results and challenges and lessons learned. The experiences on different topics were shared during field trips to both project sites. 

Skagen lays at the most northern point of Denmark. Due to the isostatic uplift of this part of Denmark the area deals with a relative sea level fall. The north spit system is very dynamic and the geomorphology is an interesting with berms and relatively low barriers. The N deposition is relatively low for western Europe ( 5-10 kg/ha/y). From 2000 – 2003 the Bargerveen Foundation used the almost intact calcium poor dune area around Skagen as reference area for the Dutch Wadden Islands, by studying the diet, prey availability and breeding success of the large population of Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio).

REWETDUNE-LIFE – Restoration of Wetlands in Dune HabitatsLIFE13 NAT/DK/001357, 2015-2020.

The aim of the project is to restore dune grassland and heathland of three EU habitats (2130 - Fixed coastal dunes with herbaceous vegetation; 2140 – Decalcified fixed dunes with Empetrum nigrum; 2190 – Humid dune slacks). Many invasive species such as Rugosa rose (Rosa rugosa), Dwarf mountainpine (Pinus mugo), Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis), Black cherry (Prunus serotina), and Asian knotweed (Fallopia japonica) are found in the area. These species were planted in order to stabilize coastal sand dunes and have subsequently encroachedlarge parts of the open dune areas. In Denmark, the invasive species have adapted to salty soils and mild coastal climate. Distribution of the species - plantations as well as spontaneous growth - was reduced on a large scale ca. 1000 ha in the 6000 ha large area. Aside from that, mosaic vegetation was established and improved the status of several threatened plant species. 

We visited Råbjerg Mile, a migrating coastal dune, it is the largest moving dune in Northern Europe with an area of around 2 km and a height of 40 m above sea level. The dune contains a total of 4 million m3of sand. The wind moves it in a north-easterly direction almost 20 metres a year. The dune leaves a wet to moist duneslack behind, trailing back westwards, where the Mile originally started more than 300 years ago. These slacks are inhabited by important target species such as Natterjack toad (Epidalea calamita). In the area around the large moving dune encroachment of Dwarf mountainpine was combatted by sawing the stems.

LIFE WETHAB – Restoration of Wet Habitats in the Jerup Beach Ridge PlainLIFE12 NAT/DK/000803, 2013-2019.

Råbjerg Mire has been drained in order to extract peat and use the land for agriculture. The total area of the mire is 4024 ha, there are more than 550 private land units, therefore it was very difficult to come to an agreement with all landowners about management actions that should be implemented in the area. In the project area, the main management activities were tree cutting (in this area ±850 ha was cleared), reduction of invasive species distribution, restoration of hydrological regime, mowing, and grazing. In some territories of Råbjerg Mire, Sphagnum mosses, heather (Calluna vulgaris), and cross-leaved heath (Erica tetralix) can be found. The participants were very lucky to encounter the very rare Marsh Fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia)

The aim of the project is to restore mire, coastal, grassland, and forest habitats : 2130 - Fixed coastal dunes with herbaceous vegetation ("grey dunes"),2140 - Decalcified fixed dunes with Empetrum nigrum, 2190 - Humid dune slacks, 7110 - Active raised bogs, 7140 - Transition mires and quaking bogs, 7230 - Alkaline fens, 91D0 - Bog woodland, 4010 - Northern Atlantic wet heaths with Erica tetralix, 4030 - European dry heaths, 6230 - "Species-rich Nardus grasslands, on silicious substrates in mountain areas (and submountain areas in Continental Europe)", 6410 - "Molinia meadows on calcareous, peaty or clay-silt-laden soils (Molinion caeruleae). 

The Danish Ministry of Environments is the coordinating project manager and undertakes the project in partnership with Frederikshavn Municipality and the State Prison of Kragskovhede. The later organisation manages 675 ha. Inmates are involved in organic farming and participate in nature management actions, gaining skills in this way. Frederikshavn Municipality set up a special system for the local farmers with cattle on loan, furthermore networking wat promoted so they could share equipment, experiences and bulls.

The meeting was very well organized and the weather helped to make it a great success. Congratulations to the organizers!

For more information, please have a look at:




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In the context of Natura 2000, rare species and vegetation types in the Netherlands are protected in a European perspective. This report (in Dutch with English summary) focuses on the H2130 Grey dunes Habitat type, for which the Netherlands has great responsibility within the EU.

Aeolian dynamics was and is a very important precondition for biodiversity of the coastal dunes. Aeolian dynamics ensure both rejuvenation of the soil, pioneering situations and succession to new dune grasslands. It is assumed that mild dynamics in the form of small-scale spraying can greatly contribute to the quality of dune grasslands. Due to changes in the use and management of coastal dunes, the dispersal dynamics have decreased in many dune areas in the past century. This has major consequences for biodiversity and therefore also the quality of Gray dunes.

In the Nitrogen Programmatic Approach (PAS) great importance is attached to the role of aeolian dynamics within the coastal dune landscape. In the PAS recovery strategy, the reactivation of spraying fresh sand is considered to be a proven measure for the development and / or conservation of habitat type H2130 Grey dunes (lime-rich as well as lime-poor), with which negative effects of nitrogen deposition can be mitigated. Within the PAS there are extensive interventions in the pipeline in he Netherlands to bring back aeolian dynamics on a particularly small scale within the dune landscape with the aim of improving the preconditions for Grey dunes. So there is an enormous, urgent need for practically applicable knowledge on this subject.

The purpose of this research is to find out what the most important factors are that control the development and the aeolian life of small-scale blowouts in coastal dunes. In addition, the influence of small-scale spraying of lime and sand in time and space on the maintenance ('ecological lifespan') of diversity of system-characteristic plants and animals in both limestone-rich and limestone poor dunes has been determined.

Finally, this knowledge has been translated into practical management tools for the maintenance, restoration and new development of Grey dunes by reactivating small blowouts.

“The aim of the Knowledge Network for Development and Management of Nature Quality (OBN) is to develop, disseminate and utilize knowledge for area managers about nature restoration, Natura 2000, PAS, habitat management approaches and the development of new nature. A number of specific management recommendations have also been published on the application of small-scale dynamics, which you can find at the management advice on ”



Book on SAND MOTOR research-2019-

Luc Geelen



Edited by Arjen Luijendijk and Alexander van Oudenhoven, 2019

The pilot project Sand Motor was constructed in 2011 on the Dutch North Sea coast near The Hague. It involved placing 21.5 million m3 of sand on and in front of the beach with the aim that it would spread along the coast. The unique nourishment project was born as a multifunctional answer to realizing a large number of functions, such as coastal safety, nature values, recreation and innovation. 

It is clear that the Sand Motor offered a unique “living lab”, both from an academic, technological and socio-political point of view, to conduct interdisciplinary research. A broad consortium of Dutch institutions and industries conducted  an interdisciplinary research project: the NatureCoast program, in which disciplines have interacted in an unprecedented way. The research in NatureCoast focused on six themes: coastal safety, dune formation, marine ecology, terrestrial ecology, hydrology and geochemistry, and governance. This book presents all these facets of the Sand Motor. wich is considered an icon of Building with Nature approach. Many important lessons are learned such as the importance of early stakeholder engagement.  Insight in the complex interplay of morphological and ecological processes, as well as societal response to large-scale coastline changes. Key to success was the continuous strive for demand-driven research, bridging the gap between management practice and academic science. A textbook example of the “learning by doing” principle.

The pdf-file you will find here:



Report about the Workshop "Management of coastal dunes and sandy beaches", that was organised in the frame of the LIFE Nature project ‘FLANDRE’  from the 12.-14.06.2018 at Dunkirk (France)

further information (including Book of Abstracts and presentations):

and the Report of the Sessions and Excursions that were organized during this workshop:



Building with Nature is an Interreg North Sea Region Project considering natural processes as protection against coastal erosion and flooding.

further information:



The action plan concerning knowledge exchange and networking during the period 2016-2020. The roadmap focus on the sustainable conservation and restoration of important habitats in dunes of the atlantic region. The roadmap will be reworked regularly.

further information:



This report shows clearly the dramatically bad state of the nature of european dunes. It is one reason, that we have to work for a much better quality of beaches and dunes. 

further information: State of nature in the EU.pdf


Publication: LIFE and coastal habitats-2017-

'This LIFE Nature publication highlights the issues threatening Europe’s coastal habitats and how the LIFE programme has addressed them.
Coastal regions generate 40% of our GDP, but development must be sustainable and must recognise the natural value of our varied coastlines. Only 13% of coastal species are in a 'favourable' conservation status, while 73% of coastal habitats are assessed as being 'bad' or 'inadequate'.
It is in the interests of all business sectors, from tourism to shipping and fisheries, to safeguard and improve the health of our coastal ecosystems. Adopting an ecosystem approach to their management fosters, rather than hinders, growth and jobs.
The publication, LIFE and coastal habitats, outlines the scope of innovative and best practices measures carried out by LIFE projects to improve the status of Europe’s coastal habitats and management of Natura 2000 network sites – from dune habitat conservation in the Baltic to coastal lagoon protection in the Black Sea. It features sections on all the different types of habitats targeted by the programme and concludes with a focus on the cross-cutting management issues facing coastal regions.' 

download pdf: LIFE and coastal habitats


Alien Species in Dunes and Dune Slacks-2017-

Many non-native species (species, brought after 1492 with direct or indirect human help into a region) occur in dunes and dune slacks. Only few of these species are invasive, are a threat to the biodiversity of genes, species, communities, ecosystems or landscapes. Nevertheless, there are species known to be invasive in dunes and dune slacks in Germany and neighbouring countries since few years or since decades, respectively. At this page we will bring together recent activities and knowledge…

Publications dealing with coastal dunes and invasive species-2017-

In the web of science since 1987 publications dealing with coastal dunes and invasive species are noticed. Since about 2000, the number of publications studied IAS in coastal dunes increased.

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Publications dealing with invasive plant species in dunes along the coasts of Europe (web of science, google scholar, 2017) consider various aspects, which can be summed-up to mapping and monitoring, species traits, environmental conditions, invasion success and management.

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New Records

Aronia prunifolia on Wangerooge in an acid dune heathland (2017).

Cotula arborescens subspec. gallica already seen in dunes ???

Mangagement of Vaccinium macrocarpon on Sylt, 2017

In dune slacks of Hörnum on the island of Sylt Vaccinium macrocarpon removal is organised since 2015 by the Schutzstation Wattenmeer.
Contact: hoernum(at)
Telefon +49-4651/881093

Occurrence of Crassula helmsii on the Eastfrisian Islands: 2003 Norderney, 2017 Wangerooge

First record of Crassula helmsii was 2003 on Norderney. Since than, the species has increased its distribution. It occurs mainly in still waters, e.g. in lifestock watering places and man-made waters developed by soil removal. In the water and along the shore the species builds dense carpets and outcompetes all other plant species. Nowadays, Crassula already occurs in dune slacks, valuable under nature conservation aspects. Here it occurs on open, wet sands. First management actions have started during the last years.

More Information (German)

Factsheet on (German)

Markus Prinz studied during his master thesis 2016 at the University Oldenburg habitat requirements and dispersal possibilities of Crassula helmsii, and considered sediments, hydro-chemical parameters, and modelled habitat conditions.

Non-native Species in the Dutch Wadden Sea Region

Van der Have, T.M., Van den Boogaard, B., Lensink, R,Poszig, D.,Philippart, C.J.M. (2015):Alien species in the Dutch Wadden Sea: policies and management. Common Wadden Sea Secretariat. Report 15-126. pdf

A similar report for the entire Wadden Sea Area is recently in work on behalf of the Common Wadden Sea Secretariat.

TMAP-Parameter Group: Beaches and Dunes

Invasive and potential invasive non-native species are shortly considered in the recent TMAP-Quality Status Report “Beaches and Dunes”, which will be available in spring. Furthermore, some invasive species of the neighbouring regions are mentioned.
More information Non-native and invasive species in Germany

Extensive information dealing with non-native and invasive species in Germany are offered by the Bundesamt für Naturschutz, the Governmental Agency for Nature Conservation,  e.g. species information sheets, management methods as well as the EU list are available…
More information


Do you have any suggestions ???

Mail to Maike Isermann dunes-d (at)

Natterjack Toads on the island of Sylt- 2016 -

Natterjack Toads are threatened on the island of Sylt and their population declines. Possible reasons are the low dynamic of the dunes; the dominance of old fixed dunes which is related to a decline of open and wet sandy stand. on the island of Sylt, on the entire island management measure will be done, supporting in the short as well as in the long term the environmental conditions to maintain the Natterjack population. 
Extensive information (in German)


Dynamic Dunes -2016-

An international conference on the rejuvenation of dynamic dunes and restoration of dune habitats. The conference presented the successful and innovative results of EU Life-projects Dutch Dune Revival (LIFE 09 NAT/NL/418) and Amsterdam Dunes, Source for Nature (LIFE 11 NAT/NL/776). The event was organised by PWN, Natuurmonumenten and Waternet. During the conference key topics for dune and coastal management were addressed during keynote presentations, workshops and eld visits.



Location: Friedrichsgroden 16, 26409 Carolinensiel
Landscape: North Sea, salt marshes
Facilities: 5 shared-rooms (4-5 persons), 2 double-rooms, kitchen self-catering, seminar room, 2 labs (dry and wet with sea water access) and standard lab equipment, separate room with microscopes/binoculars, yearlong available
Contact: Dr. Hans-Ulrich Steeger, steeger (at), phone: +49-251-8323868, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Institut für Zoophysiologie, Hindenburgplatz 55, 48143 Münster
Further Information


Location: Hellerpad 2, 26474 Spiekeroog
Landscape: large dune areas with primary dunes, heathlands and dry grasslands without rabbits, more or less no wet slacks, salt marshes grazed and non-grazed
Facilities: 2 shared rooms (4-5 persons), 1 double room, kitchen self-catering, meeting room, lab, equipment particularly for mud and water studies, microscopes and binoculars
Contact: Homepage in German, thus contact them directly: forschung (at)


Location: Biologische Anstalt Helgoland, 27483 Helgoland
Landscape: Northsea, cliff coast with impressing bird breeding area, marine algae and kelp, dune areas and dry grasslands
Facilities: 23 double rooms, 53 single rooms, kitchens for self-catering or catering via youth hostel, seminar room, lab, comprehensive lab equipment including seawater access, microscopes, phase contrast microscopes, binoculars, yearlong available

ZINGST, Baltic Sea

Location: Mühlenstraße 27, 18374 Ostseeheilbad Zingst
Landscape: Baltic Sea Coast, Inland Coast with salt marshes, meadows and reed beds of the Darß Zingster Bodden, bird protection areas Kirr and Werder islands, large dune areas of the Darßer Ort, old dune forests Darßer Wald.
Facilities: 3 shared rooms (a 5 persons), 2 single rooms, kitchen self-catering, seminar room, boat, 3 labs, water and plankton analysing equipment, microscopes, yearlong available
Contact: PD Dr. Rhena Schumann, rhena.schumann (at), Universität Rostock/Mathematisch-naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät/Institut für Biowissenschaften/Angewandte Ökologie & Phykologie
Further Information


Location: Biologenweg 15, 18565 Kloster / Hiddensee
Landscape: Baltic Sea Coast, Inland Coast Bodden, salt marshes, reed beds, dunes with dry grasslands and heathlands, cliff coast
Facilities: 14 double rooms, 3 single rooms, kitchen self-catering, seminar room, 1 lab, some soil and microclimate measuring instruments, microscopes and binoculars, yearlong available
Contact: PD Dr. Irmgard Blindow, blindi (AT), Gerlinde Zenke, phone +49-38300-50251, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald
Further Information




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Angiolini, C., G. Bonari, and M. Landi. 2018. Focal plant species and soil factors in Mediterranean coastal dunes: an undisclosed liaison? Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 211:248-258.

Antunes, C., A. J. Pereira, P. Fernandes, M. Ramos, L. Ascensão, O. Correia, and C. Máguas. 2018. Understanding plant drought resistance in a Mediterranean coastal sand dune ecosystem: differences between native and exotic invasive species. Journal of Plant Ecology 11:26-38.

Battiau-Queney, Y. 2018. The changing littoral. Anticipation and adaptation to climate change. Journal of Coastal Conservation:1-2.

Bazzichetto, M, Malavasi, M, Acosta, ATR, Carranza, ML. 2018. How does dune morphology shape coastal EC habitats occurrence? A remote sensing approach using airborne LiDAR on the Mediterranean coast.Ecological Indicators 71, 618-626.

Bezzi, A., S. Pillon, D. Martinucci, and G. Fontolan. 2018. Inventory and conservation assessment for the management of coastal dunes, Veneto coasts, Italy. Journal of Coastal Conservation 22:503-518.

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Del Vecchio, S., E. Fantinato, J. Janssen, F. Bioret, A. Acosta, I. Prisco, R. Tzonev, C. Marcenò, J. Rodwell, and G. Buffa. 2018. Biogeographic variability of coastal perennial grasslands at the European scale. Applied Vegetation Science 21:312-321.

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Hallin, C., Huisman, B. J., Larson, M., Walstra, D. J. R., & Hanson, H. 2019. Impact of sediment supply on decadal-scale dune evolution—Analysis and modelling of the Kennemer dunes in the Netherlands. Geomorphology.

Hoonhout, B., & de Vries, S. 2019. Simulating spatiotemporal aeolian sediment supply at a mega nourishment. Coastal Engineering145, 21-35.

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Rendall, A. R., R. Cooke, J. G. White, and M. A. Weston. 2019. Zonation of a small mammal community within coastal dunes. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 217:206-210.

Rhymes, J., Wallace, H., Tang, S.Y. et al. 2018. Substantial uptake of atmospheric and groundwater nitrogen by dune slacks under different water tables regimes. J. Coast. Conserv. 22: 615. 

Rodríguez-Revelo, N., I. Espejel, C. A. García, L. Ojeda-Revah, and M. A. S. Vázquez. 2018. Environmental Services of Beaches and Coastal Sand Dunes as a Tool for Their Conservation. Pages 75-100 Beach Management Tools-Concepts, Methodologies and Case Studies. Springer.

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14.-19.07.2019: Conference + Excursions. IAVS International Association for vegetations science "Vegetation Science and Biodiversity Research". Bremen, Germany
International conference with postconference excursion 20.-25.07.2019 to the German Wadden Sea Area.
Further Information

07.09.2019 GEO-Tag der Natur, Baltrum, Germany. Recording species richness of various taxonomic groups. If interested, please contact Maike Isermann, mail: dunes-d (at)

09.-13.09.2019: Conference. EMAPI Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions. Prag, Czech Republic

Further Information

24.-28.09.2019: Conference. World Conference on Ecological Restoration. Cape Town, South Africa.
with session "Restoration of Coastal Ecosystems"
Further Information

22.-26.10.2019: Conference. MEDCOAST19. Congress on Coastal and Marine Sciences, Engineereing, Management & Conservation. Marmaris, Turkey.
Further information

11.-15.11.2019: Workshop. Coastal Ecology Workshop, Hingene Bornem/Antwerp, Belgium
This workshop is especially interesting for early career scientists that are working on coastal and estuarine ecology. Senior researchers are also more than welcome to share their knowledge and experience. During this workshop, there will be ample time for interactive discussions about your research plans, methods and results. Furthermore, an excursion to the fresh water tidal areas of the Scheldt estuary will be organised, including well-studied tidal marsh restoration projects.
Further Information

probably 2020: CoastGIS, Commission on the Marine Cartography of the International Cartographic Association




EU Nature - Communicationplatform Information and meetings mainly dealing particularly with Natura2000


EUCC Atlantik activities along the atlantic region


Center for Coastal and Marine Studies (CCMS) coastal aspects along the Black Sea

The CCMS will play an active role to achieve the following aims:

  • Carry out scientific, research, publicity, educational, expert, project and consultancy activities in the field of coastal zone and marine space of the Black Sea Basin.
  • Contribute to exploration and protection of the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, marine space of the Black Sea, living and non-living resources.
  • Work to protect geodiversity and biodiversity of the Black Sea Basin and World Ocean.
  • Work to study and protect Black Sea Basin natural and historical heritage.
  • Promote sustainable and Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) and Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) of the Black Sea Basin.
  • Conduct research and assessment of natural and human-induced risks in the coastal and marine zones, such as coastal erosion, landslides, collapses, sea level rise, flooding, technogenoius impacts, environmental risks and other human-induced activities to rise the public awareness.
  • Carry out activities for conservation and restoration of the environment.
  • Explore trends of marine and coastal tourism and their impact on sustainable coastal zone development and economy of the Black Sea and the World Ocean.
  • Conduct exchange, partnership and training between institutions, universities, scientific organizations, non-governmental organizations, establish international cooperation.


Grains de Sable

Coastline observatories network in France

The Observatory of the coast with interactive maps allow to visualize the elements collected by all participating structures.

Observatory of the Aquitaine coast

Observatory of the north of France

Observatory of Pays de la Loire


UK Sand Dune and Shingle Network


Waddenacademie, NL


Dunes in Poland


SANDLIFE, LIFE-Project dealing with sand habitats in Sweden


ARCOSLIFE, LIFE-Projekt in Spain


TMAP Beaches and Dunes


Mediterranean Coastal Foundation MEDCOAST aims to contribute to coastal and marine conservation in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, through improved coastal management practices. This goal is pursued by enhancing scientific and professional collaboration among individuals and insti tutes (networking) in the Mediterranean & Black Sea countries, or elsewhere.

Mediterranean Coastal Foundation


International Geographical Union Commission on Coastal Systems



Maike Isermann, mail: dunes-d (at)