‘Delivering Sustainable Coasts’ - SUSTAIN International Conference, Southport (UK)
18-19th September 2012

The SUSTAIN International Conference and the North West Regional Coastal Conference 2012 was attended by more than 100 participants in Southport, UK, on 18-19th September 2012. This sucesssful event organized by the Sefton Borough Council and the North West Coastal Forum presented a wealth of experiences and shared the findings and achievements of SUSTAIN.
Following the event Councillor Peter Dowd, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “It is excellent that Sefton played host to this prestigious conference which welcomed coastal experts from throughout the UK and Europe."
At this occasion the 2012 North West Awards for Coastal Excellence have been also awarded . Presentations and videos from the Delivering Sustainable Coasts conference are now available:

Keynote Speech - Sustainability and Community at the Coast
Phil Dyke, Coast and Marine Adviser, National Trust and Chair of the Coastal and Marine Working Group, EUROPARC Atlantic Isles

The Interreg IVC Programme
Thorsten Kohlisch, Information Point Coordinator & Project Adviser, INTERREG IVC Information Point East, Poland

SUSTAIN: Assessing Sustainability and Strengthening Operational Policy
Maria Ferreira, Head of the International Programme, EUCC, Netherlands (SUSTAIN Lead Partner)

Health and wellbeing from coastal communities
Dr Mathew White, European Centre for Environment and Human Health

The 2012 NW Awards for Coastal Excellence
Professor Ann Worsley and Caroline Salthouse, North West Coastal Forum

Assessing coastal sustainability - using the SUSTAIN indicator toolkit
atrycja Czerniak, EUCC, Netherlands (SUSTAIN Partner)

Formal signing of an Agreement between Province of Teramo and local Italian municipalities to provide data on SUSTAIN Indicators for the Regional Observatory on Sustainability
Ragni Massimo, Engineer Expert in Environmental Sustainability and Doriana Calilli, Provincial Manager for EU Policies, Province of Teramo, Italy (SUSTAIN Partner)

A public information campaign on degradation of plastics in the marine environment: a SUSTAIN Transfer of Good Practice
Patrick McCluskey, Sports & Community Services Manager, Down District Council, Northern Ireland (SUSTAIN Partner)

Sefton’s Landscape Partnership Scheme
Dave McAleavy, Head of Coast and Countryside, Sefton Council & Chair of the Sefton Landscape Partnership Scheme

Copeland: Coastal Initiative and Coastal Partnership
Julie Betteridge, Head of Regeneration and Community, Copeland Borough Council

Fylde BeachCare
Annie Heslop, Fylde BeachCare Officer, Keep Britain Tidy

SUSTAIN: Policy Implementation in Teramo, Italy
Giuliano Di Flavio Provincial Manager for Planning and Urban Development and Ragni Vincenzo, Architect Expert in Environmental Sustainability, Province of Teramo, Italy (SUSTAIN Partner)

Accessing the Coast
Danny Moores, Lead Adviser - Coastal Access - North West, Natural England

Introducing the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee
Cllr. Derek Antrobus, Chair, Regional Flood and Coastal Committee

North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority - sustainable inshore fisheries
Alasdair Lindop, Science and Communications Officer, North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority


Field trips to the Sefton Coast:

Visit Formby Point to look at the work of the Sefton Landscape Partnership Scheme and the National Trust
Led by Andrew Brockbank, National Trust


Visit Lifeboat Road to see Sefton’s Biodiversity and Access Project in action
Led by: Ian McAleavy, Sefton Council


Information about the final conference with links to the booking form and the SUSTAIN website was posted on the following websites:

  • North West Coastal Forum (in several places, the SUSTAIN project link is permanently on the front page and the conference announcement with links to booking and SUSTAIN website was made ‘sticky’ so it sat at the top of the news items on the front page of the site until the event. After the event the presentations were loaded up and a new announcement was created and made ‘sticky’ on the front page so people could access news and outcomes from the conference.
  • Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment North West Region discussion pages (conference announcement)
  • Environment NW website (conference announcement)
  • Sefton Council’s Coast Protection web pages – (announcing results of coastal awards given out at the conference and containing information on the conference, the SUSTAIN project including a link to the project website)
  • Sefton Council’s Sustainability web pages – an announcement of the conference and later updated to include a link to the conference presentations