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Combine infrastructures and natural functions

Port cities were originally founded in commercially strategic locations, and environmental considerations were not taken into account. Although subject to much debate, studies of climate change and rising sea levels have highlighted the vulnerability of coastal areas and many port cities around the world. Waterfront areas and those where cities and ports meet are at particular risk, and can serve as testing grounds for resilience strategies inspired by natural functions.

Good practice

Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment and Coastal Resiliency Report. Besides assessing the impact of sea level rise on the coastal region, it also presents the adaptation planning and strategy implementation. Among the different measures, the port of San Diego decided to install 72 ECOncrete tide pools to provide ecological protection and stabilize the shoreline, while contributing to the regeneration of the local ecosystem. The innovative material is made with a low carbon concrete mixture, combined with bio-enhancing additives, contributing to reduce the ecological footprint of the port, while granting the protection of the shoreline against extreme weather. At the same time, these pools would be visible for visitors who will be able to check the sea life that will inhabit the new structure. The project is a three-year pilot and is the eight initiative of the port’s Blue Economy Incubator, supporting innovative business that benefit the whole port city community.

Port of San Diego and ECOncrete ;  Coastal Resilience Report

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