The French and Belgian Coast from Dunkirk to De Panne: A Case Study of Transborder Cooperation in the Framework of the Interreg Initiative of the European Communityby A. Bryche, Services Techniques Municipaux de la, Ville de Bunkerque, Dunkerque, France,
B. de Putter, Services Techniques Municipaux de la, Ville de Bunkerque, Dunkerque, France,
P. De Wolf, Services Techniques Municipaux de la, Ville de Bunkerque, Dunkerque, France,
Abstract: The North Sea coast between the French town of Dunkirk and the Belgian sea resort of De Panne consists of sandy beaches bordered by dunes. A number of smaller sea resorts lie between these two towns. Problems of coastal protection are similar on both sides of the border; particularly the coastline is subject to beach depletion and erosion of the dunes. The European Community (EC) has recently taken an initiative called Interreg which, among other things, promotes the joint execution of transborder programmes by the member states. The initiative permits a substantial financial contribution of the Community to those programmers which meet its objectives. In the framework of this Interreg initiative, the French and Belgian authorities have proposed to the EC the joint execution of detailed studies of coastal protection works in the border region. The proposal has recently been accepted by the EC.
Subject Headings: Case studies | Coastal management | Team building | Coastal environment | Frames | Seas and oceans | Dunes | Joints | Beaches | Erosion | North Sea
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