Coastal Dunes pp 259-277 | Cite as

The Costs of our Coasts: Examples of Dynamic Dune Management from Western Europe

  • F. der van Meulen
  • T. W. M. Bakker
  • J. A. Houston
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 171)

Coastal dunes are highly diverse and valuable, but vulnerable ecosystems. In certain regions of the densely populated western part of Europe, coastal dunes are multifunctional, serving several, often conflicting functions at the same time, such as nature conservation, recreation, drinking water catchment and coastal defence.Yet nature management has been accepted politically and socially.Who are the managers, what are the costs of this management and what does society gain from it? An example is given from the Sefton Coast in north-west England near Liverpool and from Meijendel, near The Hague, The Netherlands.


Drinking Water Coastal Dune Dune System Dune Area Coastal Defence 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • F. der van Meulen
    • 1
  • T. W. M. Bakker
    • 2
  • J. A. Houston
    • 3
  1. 1.National Institute for Coastal and Marine Management, Ministry of TransportCoastal Zone Management CentreThe HagueThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Dune Water Works of South HollandVoorburgThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Ecosystems Ltd.Formby, MerseysideUK

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