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A unique multi-actor collaboration of coastal and rural business entrepreneurs, administrations, stakeholders and science experts to formulate and evaluate business solutions and policy recommendations aimed at improving the coastal-rural synergy to foster rural and coastal development while preserving the environment.


Funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (No377782) , COASTAL is a project under which local knowledge and scientific expertise are combined in a co-creation process to improve coastal - rural interdependence and collaboration.

The project is organized around interacting Multi-Actor Labs (MAls) , combining tools and expertise for six case studies representing the major coastal regions in the EU territory.


By combining local knowledge and scientific expertise in a co-creation process the COASTAL project engages actors and stakeholders at all levels to improve coastal-rural interdependence and collaboration by identifying problems and setting up evidence-based business roadmaps and policy solutions, focusing on economic growth, marine spatial planning, and environmental protection, including inland water quality. COASTAL contributes to integrated coastal-rural planning and coastal-rural synergy in its MALs and the wider EU territory, and develops a durable, online platform for knowledge exchange about coastal-rural interactions with concrete examples and tools for supporting land-sea collaboration and sustainable development.

COASTAL is a unique collaboration of 29 partners from 8 EU Member States, representing coastal and rural business entrepreneurs, administrations, and scientific experts.

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Contact info:

  • Georgia Destouni (PI on behalf of the Stockholm University and the leader of the Baltic Sea case study in Sweden)


  • Samaneh Seifollahi (Researcher for the Baltic Sea case study in Sweden)


  • Giorgos Maneas (Co-coordinator of the Eastern Mediterranean  case study in Greece)


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