Funding for new research to help build a sustainable future for our coastal communities awarded to University of Portsmouth
Funding for new research to help build a sustainable future for the UK’s marine environment was awarded to the University of Portsmouth.
The project is one of six, which will investigate how to safeguard the future of the UK’s marine and coastal economy while protecting sea ecosystems. Portsmouth researchers have received a share of a £9.2 million grant from UK Research and Innovation.
Coastal communities are facing increased pressures from climate change, threats to marine wildlife and flooding. With the marine economy worth £48 billion, this research will support policy makers to manage this fragile environment and dependent economy in a sustainable way.
Marine environments and human welling are inextricably linked through complex and multi-layered socio-ecological systems that span land, coastal and ocean domains. Current marine resource management practices do not adequately adopt the necessary multi-disciplinary approaches that consider a broad range of opinions and viewpoints – known as ‘diverse values’.