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EcosHaz: Economics of Coastal Hazard Prevention

The EcosHaz project aims to establish a sustainable knowledge framework addressing the costs and benefits of prevention and response to coastal hazards such as flooding, shoreline erosion, storm surges, sea level rise and oil spill accidents.  Until now, investment decisions in Europe in this field have been made more on local or regional 'pork barrel' political imperatives than on logical risk assessments. The EcosHaz project intends to overcome some these limitations and weaknesses by:

  1. Reviewing and analyzing the available frameworks, methodologies and tools
  2. Providing state of the art guidance as well as necessary data sources and support structures for the economic assessment of coastal risk prevention measures
  3. Validating the applicability of the developed materials.
  4. Organising training of relevant personnel in coastal authorities and their consultants /advisers.

This presentation by Prof Edmund Penning-Rowsell, filmed at the University Pablo de Olavide, Seville, details FHRC's involvement in EcosHaz.

Partners within the consortium are Sigma Consultants, Greece; the University Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain; the Flood Hazard Research Centre, Middlesex University, UK ; the Maritime Institute in Gdansk, Poland;  the Department of Economic Theory at University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and the Università degli Studi di Catania, Italy.

More information, including on the European partners in this project, is available at the EcosHaz website.


EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection
and co-funded by The European Union


2015 – 2016

FHRC Project Manager:

Professor Edmund Penning-Rowsell

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