|A fragile environment with huge potential|
The coastal strip is an ecologically rich and fragile area that is much coveted. It requires complex management that must be accompanied by a balanced and integrated development strategy.
The coastal fringe is seen as an increasingly attractive place to live, visit and develop. A global partnership approach to coastal regions, based simultaneously on national policies, regional action plans and local projects, will help preserve coastal ecosystems and minimise the risks.
A REGION OF SUSTAINABLE GROWTH
Planning-related research projects are aimed at anticipating European environmental safety regulations while paving the way for compatible economic development. The design of extremely accurate tools - for detecting the origin of pollution, guaranteeing water quality or managing harbour sediment - is the goal set by some projects already underway.