NATURAL COASTAL PROTECTION:
Coastal ecosystems reducing risks from natural hazards and climate change

Science

The Nature Conservancy is working on multiple fronts to help people adapt to climate change and to the impacts of natural disasters. In many ways the coastal zone represents the front line for this adaptation. Lives, livelihoods, homes and agriculture are already feeling the impacts of rising seas and changing weather patterns. In some places nature can help to protect coastlines from erosion and the ravages of storms.

The Conservancy’s Natural Coastal Protection project is a collaborative work to review the growing body of evidence as to how, and under what conditions natural ecosystems can and should be worked into strategies for coastal protection. This site is intended to be a dynamic portal for that work, communicating to partners and practitioners, explaining the science, providing more detailed scientific reviews as downloads, and linking to the work of partners and to other related work.

This work falls within the Coastal Resilience Program at the Conservancy. This Program includes a broad array of research and action bringing together science and policy in review, support and case study efforts to enable the development of resilient coasts, where nature forms part of the solution.

Natural coastal protection is the protection of coastal lands and populations from erosion, inundation and storm impacts by natural systems.