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Towards adaptive coastal management (Adapto)


Adapto explores solutions to the impacts of climate change on the coast, like sea level rise and the increasing frequency of extreme weather events.

On 10 pilot sites owned by the Conservatoire du littoral, Adapto experiments with adaptive coastal management. It helps demonstrate the ecological and economic benefit of improving the resilience of coastal areas to protect human activities by opening more space for the coastline.

These 10 experimental sites, nine in metropolitan France and one in French Guiana, are typical of five different coastal environments: low and sandy Atlantic coasts, polderised low Atlantic coasts, Mediterranean barrier beaches, Mediterranean salt marshes, mangroves.

For each of the 10 sites, the Adapto project helps local authorities, managers and users to build their territory project. To this purpose, Adapto offers them an interdisciplinary approach.

The objectives of the project are:

  • To provide a better understanding of the dynamic nature of the coastline and the need to adapt to it rather than to hold the line.
  • To create methodological tools allowing to initiate, support and asses nature-based adaptation solutions for coastal areas.
  • To develop knowledge about these solutions and their acknowledgment at a national and international levels.
  • To define the role of natural environments in the organization of an effective land-sea interface in relation to adaptation to climate change.
  • To allow the state of the art to progress through concrete actions on a wide range of geographical contexts representative of the diversity of ecosystems and coastal areas in Europe.

Project information


Conservatoire du Littoral (France)


Versailles National School for Landscaping, France

National Museum of Natural History, France

National Union of the Permanent Centres of Initiatives for the Environment, France

University of Bretagne Occidentale, France

University of the Littoral Côte d’Opale, France

Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, France

University of la Rochelle, France

Source of funding

Life Programme

Reference information


Published in Climate-ADAPT May 11 2020   -   Last Modified in Climate-ADAPT Nov 01 2022

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