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