Horizon Europe (2021 - 2027)

Demonstration of Dune-Dike hybrid bluegrey Nature-based Solutions: DuneFront

Last update: Feb 23, 2024 Last update: Feb 23, 2024


Locations:Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, USA
Start Date:Jan 1, 2024
End Date:Dec 31, 2027
Contract value:EUR 4,997,722
Sectors:Environment & NRM, Science & InnovationEnvironment & NRM, Science & Innovation
Date posted:Feb 23, 2024

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Programme(s): HORIZON.2.6 - Food, Bioeconomy Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment 

Topic(s): HORIZON-CL6-2023-BIODIV-01-7 - Demonstration of marine and coastal infrastructures as hybrid blue-grey Nature-based Solutions

Call for proposal: HORIZON-CL6-2023-BIODIV-01

Funding Scheme: HORIZON-IA - HORIZON Innovation Actions

Grant agreement ID: 101135410


DuneFront will demonstrate blue-grey coastal and marine infrastructure as a new generation of sustainable, inclusive, and aesthetic solution to ensure coastal safety under climate change. The project has the ambition to co-create hybrid Dune-Dike Nature Based Solutions (DD-hybrid NbS) that can efficiently integrate static hard infrastructure with adaptive, dynamic aeolian and vegetated sediments. Mains treaming biodiversity into marine and coastal DD-hybrid NbS is essential to jointly safeguard human assets, blue economy activities and biodiversity gain and restoration. DuneFront will achieve this challenge by identifying key biological, physical, and socio-economic boundary conditions, and by translating evidence on biodiversity, morphodynamics and safety from 12 Demonstrators along vulnerable European coasts into new roadmaps for DD-hybrid NbS design and installation. The integration of this multidisciplinary knowledge into physical and digital twins will pilot the development of a Decision-Support-System, coastal and marine infrastructure Blueprints, and the installation of new prototypes along one of the most recreated coasts. DuneFront will provide a wide range of stakeholders with design, installation and market-ripe business plans for DD-hybrid NbS. Translation of new research and innovations into the DuneFront targeted actions will occur within a full co-creationprocedure.

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