Coastal Futures – January 17th to 18th 2018 at the Royal Geographical Society

Coastal Futures 2018 Programme Outline

The conference has reached its 25th year and there will be emphasis on looking ahead to the opportunities and practical measures that will be needed to meet the challenges the future will pose. Already a number of high level speakers have been earmarked and Defra have been very supportive. The programme for CF18 will cover over 35+ presentations covering a wide range of issues raised during the market research; these will include:


  • The Government’s Vision for the marine environment
  • The Defra 25 year plan and its implications for the marine & coastal environment
  • The opportunity of Brexit, if it is framed as a generational opportunity to mould things for the better
  • Brexit and our relationship with international conventions
  • Brexit and environmental legislation
  • Coastal communities and changing realities: mergers, CFF funding, blue economy
  • Coasts communities and resilience
  • Health, & wellbeing in the coastal and marine environment
  • Coastal defences and ecosystem services
  • Marine Spatial Planning – Bud Ehler – the respected leader in this field has agreed to speak
  • Renewables in coastal & marine environment – wind, waves, tidal stream & lagoons
  • Marine and coastal infrastructure – global developments
  • Natural Capital – exploring practical applications
  • Climate change: warming and ecosystem effects – population scale changes
  • Monitoring and adaptive management
  • Cumulative effects – clearer guidance?
  • Marine litter – plastics and micro-plastics
  • Marine Conservation, MPAs & the scale of current developments – Dan Laffoley IUCN
  • Marine Protected Areas – Brexit, Evaluation of operations, economic benefits, displacement
  • Brexit and the Fisheries Bill – opportunities – and environmental protections
  • Shellfishery aquaculture & multiple benefits

and much more

There will be a number of slots for short presentations by delegates.