Coastal Eco-Engineering: Boosting Britain's biodiversity

This webinar will explore the use of what is termed as "eco-engineering" across the UK coastline, and how these innovative techniques are crossing the bridge between academia and use in industry. The topic will be addressed from various perspectives in industry, and will focus on infrastructure along the coastline, and how these can be adapted to boost our coastal ecosystems.


Across the UK coastline, there is an abundance of infrastructure used for coastal protection, flood defence, commercial or recreational purposes. However, these are rarely designed to enhance coastal water ecosystems. In recent years, ideas have been developed to use this so-called "grey infrastructure" to provide habitats for marine life. There are various projects and schemes going on across the country, each of which are proving successful in their intentions of boosting marine ecosystems.

Examples of two of the projects that will be showcase at this event can be found below:

MARINEFF project:

Ecostructure project:

Why attend

Attendees at this webinar will:

  • hear directly from the academics involved in eco-engineering projects across the UK, and have an opportunity to ask questions about the projects
  • examine the impact projects have had on industry to date
  • have an opportunity to identify project outputs that may be transferable to their businesses
  • develop understanding of the importance of eco-engineering for a sustainable future.


13:30 Welcome and introductions – Louise Walker, CIRIA

13:35 Partnership approach to eco-engineering in flood and coastal risk management
          Gavin Holder & Lucy Sheffield, Havant Borough Council

13:45 Marine Infrastructure Effects (Marineff) project – Introduction and
          update on activities – Jess Bone, Bournemouth University

14:00 Ecostructure – Building the evidence base for ecologically-sensitive design
          Dr Ally Evans, Aberystwyth University

14:10 Ecostructure – Ecological condition of coastal structures
          Paul Brooks, University College Dublin

14:20 UK and International Guidelines for Coastal Eco-Engineering and 
          research insights from across the UK 
– Dr Larissa Naylor, University of Glasgow

14:30 Limitations of eco-engineering and its adoption in the UK and overseas
          Dr Louise Firth, Plymouth University

14:40 Q&A

15:00 Close

Who should attend
Asset Managers, Asset Owners, Resilience Managers, Consultants, Ecologists, biodiversity professionals, planners, clients, funders.

Tuesday 4th February 2020
13:30 - 15:00

FREE for all to attend

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04/02/2020 - 04/02/2020

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