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A HarmonizEd fRamework to Mitigate coastal EroSion promoting ICZM protocol implementation (HERMES)


Coastal erosion is one of the highly growing environmental concerns faced by coastal communities, aggravated by the prospect of accelerated sea level rise due to climate change and the accumulated negative effects of mismanagement practices. HERMES aims to develop a unified and harmonized framework for coastal erosion mitigation and beach restoration covering the four partner countries (Albania, Cyprus, Greece and Bulgaria) through the implementation of a coherent ensemble of studies, the sharing of already developed technical tools and the design of joint policy instruments. HERMES will aid coastal stakeholders to harmonize and adapt to the most relevant EU policies on coastal zones. Coastal municipalities and regional authorities, coastal users, local and international NGOs, landowners and businesses situated in or near coastal areas will benefit from project outputs.

HERMES capitalizes on previous EU-funded projects (BeachMED, CoastGAP, Coastance, Mare Nostrum) to build a joint coastal erosion methodological framework to be applied at four study sites (one per partner country). For each site, an evaluation of coastline retreat will be evaluated and erosion and climate change venerability indicators will be derived. The existing environmental and socio-economic data will be integrated into a coastal webGIS and a modelling toolkit will be applied. A series of intervention scenarios will be finally tested and evaluated.

HERMES will place emphasis on the promotion of environmental-friendly technical works for coastal restoration (e.g., beach and dune stabilization, beach nourishment). Workshops and seminars will be organized to train national, regional and local managers on the use of HERMES system and raise the public awareness on the proposed action plan.

Project information


Municipality of Paggaio, Greece


Democritus University of Thrace, Department of Environmental Engineering, Greece

Institute for Environmental Policy, Albania

ORION - Joint Research and Development Centre, Cyprus

TEULEDA - Local Economic Development Agency, Albania

Union of Bulgarian Black Sea Local Authorities, Bulgaria

Source of funding

HERMES is funded under the Interreg cooperation programme “Balkan-Mediterranean 2014-2020”

Published in Climate-ADAPT Feb 26 2019   -   Last Modified in Climate-ADAPT Feb 04 2023

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