LITEAU English presentation

Liteau : A programme about knowledge and governance for sustainable coastal development


Since 1998, over 70 research projects have been supported by the French Ministry for Sustainable Developpement for a total budget of 7 M € . LITEAU Programme aims at improving sea and coastal areas management by supporting science-based projects at the interface between land and sea, dealing with social-ecological systems through multidisciplinary approach and stakeholders’ participation.


Four main criteria in selecting research projects
• Provide useful knowledge to decision makers / coastal managers and all stakeholders by getting them involved right from the beginning of the project.
• Adopt a systemic approach in order to assess links between human activities and ecosystems functions and services whilst  integrating uncertainty.
• Favour multi-disciplinary approach in order to consider both social and ecological dynamics and interconnections in social-ecological complex systems.
• Aim at reaching scientific performance through innovative research topics for effective knowledge transfer to decision-makers and coastal managers.

The coast: an interconnected system
• Land / sea / air: The combined marine and atmospheric dynamics of  physical and ecological processes, and catchments’ inputs represent multiple and highly variable pressures on coastal ecosystems.
• The coast is a social-ecological system: The focus is upon both the environment and humans as interconnected and interdependent systems.
• The governance of the coast: In metropolitan or overseas areas, capacity to practice the integrating approach must be instilled not only in scientific, decision-maker and practitioner communities but also within society at large.


Since 1998, LITEAU has been covering a large range of topics
•  Contamination processes and impacts
•  Shore line evolution
•  Coastal activities and collective decision-making
•  Good environmental status indicators within the Water Framework Directive
•  Marine protected areas
•  Coastal ecological engineering