From river to coast – Collaboration to restore coastal and rural areas


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Date : 3 October 2019
Time : 11.00 - 12.00 CEST (Use this tool to convert to your local time zone)

Participatory approaches to map and model system dynamics can help to create mutual understanding of appropriate collective action for ecosystem restoration initiatives. But in contexts with active resource or value system conflicts, this can be a challenging task.

Join us for this Digital Summit, which will address the potential benefits, limitations and challenges of participatory modelling as a methodology to co-create scenarios promoting coastal-rural synergies.

In particular, three examples of ongoing projects in Spain, India and Portugal will be presented: 1) the Mar Menor coastal lagoon and its contributing catchment area, as part of the COASTAL project; 2) the Ria de Aveiro coastal lagoon and Lower Vouga River Natura2000 sites; and 3) A project with farmers about groundwater management in India.

Already have thoughts or questions for our speakers? Registered participants will be asked to submit their questions in advance!


  • Moderator: Joris de Vente, Spanish National Research Council (CEBAS-CSIC, Spain)
  • Javier Martínez-López, Spanish National Research Council (CEBAS-CSIC)
  • Alexey Voinov, Centre on Persuasive Systems for Wise Adaptive Living (PERSWADE, Australia)
  • Óscar Esparza Alaminos, WWF (Spain)
  • Ana Lillebø, University Aveiro (Portugal)
  • Heliana Teixeira, University Aveiro (Portugal)
  • Nagesh Kolagani, Centurion University (India)


This Digital Summit is hosted by GLF and initiated by J. de Vente and J. Martínez López from the Spanish National Research Council as partner in the  ENABLE consortium and COASTAL project.