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Source: Science for Environment Policy
Despite the importance of ecosystems in providing coastal protection, planning authorities often neglect this natural capital, partly because it is difficult to map and assess such services. In this study, partly-funded under the EU PEGASO project, researchers provide a map of natural coastal protection across the EU’s entire coastline.
The researchers identified three key indicators to assess levels of natural coastal protection. The first is ‘capacity’, defined as the natural potential of an area to provide protection, excluding artificial structures. This includes factors such as geology and seabed habitats.