Adaptation to climate change through management and restoration of European estuarine ecosystems


Coastal areas are vulnerable to many climate change effects like sea level rise. This is especially important in Europe, where many people live within the coast.


Nature-based solutions take advantage of nature’s own resources to provide a sustainable alternative to traditional coast defence strategies like dykes.


The LIFE ADAPTA BLUES project aims to demonstrate onstudies estuarine ecosystems to enhance the adaptation to climate change of European Atlantic coastal areas.


The postgraduate contest already has a winner

Isabel Gallego wins first place with her work about the adaptation of the Santander Bay (Cantabria) through the implementation of a saltmarsh monitoring system. Isabel will have the opportunity to present her work in the workshop that will be held in Cantabria with the coastal stakeholders. Congratulations for the winner! [...]

The restoration actions in the Mondego estuary has begun

The construction works began by the construction of wooden barriers aiming the reduction of the ebbing velocity in the pilot site. On the other hand, the saltmarsh transplantation concluded its 1st phase with Spartina maritima. Next Autumn/Winter we will transplant Bolboschaenus maritimus and Juncus to conclude salt marsh restoration action. [...]


The publication of catalogues of climate change adaptation measures is a valuable tool to help governments, businesses and communities prepare for the impacts of climate change. These catalogues provide practical guidance on adaptation measures that can be taken to reduce vulnerability and increase resilience to the effects of climate change, such as sea level [...]

A new paper about the impact of the coastal engineering infrastructure on the blue carbon habitats have been published.

Based on the data of the AdaptaBlues Life project, this paper contributes to increase the knowledge on the impact that the construction in coastal areas of civil engineering infrastructures can cause in intertidal habitats distribution and the ecological functions they provide for climate change adaption and mitigation.   Mazarrasa_et_al-2022-Scientific_Reports

The LIFE AdaptaBlues project launches its second contest “Adaptation to the Climate Change in estuarine environments”

The LIFE AdaptaBlues project launches its second contest “Adaptation to the Climate Change in estuarine environments” The contest, which is open to all postgraduate students, aims to rise social awareness among young people about the importance of the Nature-based Solutions as adaptation and mitigation measures to tackle the risks of climate change in [...]

We´ve presented the online platform to share experiences and increase the body of knwoledge on NbS

Nature offers a powerful set of tools for addressing hazards like flooding and erosion. Nature-based solutions use natural systems, mimic natural processes, or work in tandem with traditional approaches to address these specific hazards. Communities across the globe— along rivers or coasts, large or small, rural or urban— can incorporate nature-based solutions in local [...]

The article “Nature-Based Solutions in Coastal and Estuarine Areas of Europe” was published.

Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) are an opportunity to align environmental and climate resilience objectives. The momentum for these sustainable solutions for coastal protection is growing because of the urgent need to avoid further biodiversity loss and to meet climate change adaptation and mitigation objectives. Within this framework, the LIFE AdaptaBlues project aims to increase the body [...]

Presented our spatial data viewer for the estuaries.

Estuaries are among the most biologically productive and economically important ecosystems in the world. They provide habitat for numerous species of fish, birds, and other wildlife, while also serving as ports and centers of commerce. The estuaries of Cantabria, Portugal, and Zeeland are no exception, playing a vital role in the local economies and [...]

TNC seeks an analyst for nature-based solutions case studies and risk financing

The Nature Conservancy, a partner in this project, is seeking to hire, as an external contractor, a consultant to analyse nature-based solutions and risk financing.The main objective of this consultancy is to support The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and their subcontracted partner, the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC), in delivering the specific outcomes outlined [...]


The LIFE Adaptablues project has vegetated estuary ecosystems (EVE) to reduce the impact of climate change on coastal areas.

February 19th, 2020|0 Comments

The LIFE Adaptablues project has vegetated estuary ecosystems (EVE) to reduce the impact of climate change on coastal areas. However, European estuaries are threatened by factors of human origin. ➡️ Land reclamation ➡️ Eutrophication ➡️ Propagation of invasive [...]

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