With temperatures rising, more and more coastal areas will require protection from floods. At the same time,  cross organisational cooperation is needed to increase coherence in project types eligibility for sustainable coastal flood protection, according to the results of a STAREBEI research grant presented in March 2021 at the EIB by Marie Lendelova from Johns Hopkins University-SAIS, Bologna.

For instance, there is no exhaustive global or EU database on coastal flood protection solutions according to the research which focused on coastal flood protection in the Scania Region (southern Sweden). There is also some inconsistency identified among the international financial institutions in defining hybrid and nature based solutions (NBS) to protect coastal areas. These solutions are often considered to present high risks and low rewards due to the lack of relevant risk information. Knowledge sharing and clarification of roles and responsibilities as well as more large-scale studies and research are needed to promote effective implementation of these solutions. Click here for full research.

This STAREBEI research grant is the second with Johns Hopkins University-SAIS, Bologna.

STAREBEI (STAges de REcherche BEI-EIB research internships) is a programme that provides grants to universities in order to finance junior researchers carrying out research projects proposed by the EIB Group (EIB and EIF) under the joint supervision of a university tutor and an EIB or EIF co-tutor. To date, 63 young researchers from 41 universities in 14 European countries have benefited from the STAREBEI programme.