This is a pan-European project to develop a universal tool to deliver sustainability on Europe’s coasts. The project, part funded by the EU ERDF under the Interreg IVC programme, ran for 3 years from 2010 to December 2012. It involved 12 partners from 11 members states (UK, Netherlands, France, Italy, Slovenia, Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Germany, Portugal and Spain).

The SUSTAIN project is all about assessing sustainability and strengthening operational policy on the coast and we have been working on development of a self-assessment sustainability toolkit for coastal local authorities. Partners also shared best practice on a range of coastal management issues and some of the shared experience is already being implemented by other partners.

In England the work was led by Sefton Council working with the NWCF as ‘external experts’. In addition to the core project work we also led on communications work for the project and the final international conference “Delivering Sustainable Coasts” – which was held in Southport in September 2012 (18-20) in conjunction with the Forum’s biennial regional coastal conference.

The programme, attendance and presentations from the Delivering Sustainable Coasts conference are now available to download below

Morning presentations:

Download “Programme - Delivering Sustainable Coasts”

Final-Programme-modified-for-Italians.doc – Downloaded 1563 times – 251.50 KB

Download “Delegates - Delivering Sustainable Coasts”

Delegate-list.doc – Downloaded 1388 times – 345.00 KB

Download “Keynote Speech - Sustainability and Community at the Coast”

Sustainability-and-Community-at-the-Coast.pdf – Downloaded 1252 times – 1.04 MB

Mayors and civic dignitaries from Alba Adriatica, Tortoreto, Martinsicuro, Roseto degli Abruzzi and Silvi, Italy signing a formal agreement to provide SUSTAIN indicator information to the Province of Teramo’s new Regional Observatory

Download “The Interreg IVC Programme”

The-Interreg-IVC-Programme.pdf – Downloaded 1300 times – 1.07 MB

Download “SUSTAIN - assessing sustainability and strengthening operational policy”

SUSTAIN-Assessing-Sustainability-and-Strengthening-Operational-Policy.pdf – Downloaded 1280 times – 2.82 MB

Download “Health and Wellbeing from Coastal Communities”

Health-and-Wellbeing-from-Coastal-Communities.pdf – Downloaded 2182 times – 2.29 MB

Patrick McCluskey, Down District Council: SUSTAIN transfer of best practice on plastics in the marine environment

Download “The 2012 NW Awards for Coastal Excellence”

The-2012-NW-Awards-for-Coastal-Excellence1.pdf – Downloaded 3213 times – 2.02 MB

Download “Assessing sustainability - using the SUSTAIN indicator toolkit”

Assessing-Sustainability-using-the-SUSTAIN-indicator-toolkit.pdf – Downloaded 1279 times – 2.54 MB with the spreadsheets illustrating the SUSTAIN indicator toolkit:

Download “Spreadsheet 1”

SUSTAIN-Scoring_Provincie-Zuid-Holland_Netherlands.xls – Downloaded 1251 times – 134.00 KB

Download “Spreadsheet 2”

SUSTAIN-Scoring_Provincie-Zuid-Holland_Netherlands-zero.xls – Downloaded 1298 times – 127.50 KB

Download “Regional Observatory, Province of Teramo, Italy”

Regional-Observatory-Province-of-Termao-Italy.pdf – Downloaded 1312 times – 3.24 MB

Afternoon presentations – Local Initiatives

Download “SUSTAIN practice transfer - Down District Council - Plastics in the Marine Environment”

SUSTAIN-practice-transfer-Down-District-Council-plastics-in-the-marine-environment.pdf – Downloaded 1404 times – 3.36 MB & supplementary image:

Download “Supplementary image”

SUSTAIN-practice-transfer-Down-District-Council-supplementary-image.pdf – Downloaded 1252 times – 97.41 KB

Download “Sefton's Landscape Partnership Scheme”

Seftons-Landscape-Partnership-Scheme.pdf – Downloaded 1255 times – 4.09 MB

Download “Copeland Coastal Initiative and Coastal Partnership”

Copeland-Coastal-Initiative-and-Coastal-Partnership.pdf – Downloaded 1268 times – 3.32 MB

Annie Heslop, Fylde BeachCare

Download “Fylde BeachCare”

Fylde-BeachCare.pdf – Downloaded 1295 times – 804.71 KB

Afternoon presentations – Regional Initiatives

Download “SUSTAIN Policy Implementation in Teramo Italy 1”

SUSTANI-Policy-Implementation-Teramo-Italy-1.pdf – Downloaded 1258 times – 3.85 MB

Download “SUSTAIN policy implementation in Teramo, Italy 2”

SUSTAIN-Policy-Impementation-Teramo-Italy-2.pdf – Downloaded 1332 times – 2.91 MB

Download “Introducing the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee”

Introducing-the-Regional-Flood-and-Coastal-Committee.pdf – Downloaded 2280 times – 518.55 KB

Download “NW Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority - Sustainable Inshore Fisheries”

North-Western-Inshore-and-Fisheries-Conservation-Authority-sustainable-inshore-fisheries.pdf – Downloaded 1297 times – 1.38 MB

The conference was followed by a full day field trip to the Sefton coast taking in National Trust work on erosion at Formby Point, the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership Scheme’s volunteer project on archaeology at Formby Point, Sefton’s Biodiversity and Access Project – a social inclusion project, Southport town centre regeneration and the RSPB’s Hesketh Outmarsh managed realignment scheme (just over the adminstrative border in West Lancashire!)







All the project outputs are now availble to download below, along with newsletters and an information flyer about the project. Please feel free to share the project outputs and to use the indicator toolkit. If you would like any help or to discuss the project outputs please contact Caroline Salthouse at the North West Coastal Forum.

Please note that following a slightly problematic transfer of this site to a new server the outputs below are temporarily not available to download from this site but can be obtained from They will be put back on here in early April. Apologies for any inconvenience in the meantime.

Download “SUSTAIN flyer (English)”

Sustain-Leaflet-small.pdf – Downloaded 1967 times – 1.02 MB

Download “English newsletter winter 2010”

SUSTAIN-E-News_English-ISSUE-1-final-revised.pdf – Downloaded 1674 times – 500.82 KB

Download “SUSTAIN e-news 2”

SUSTAIN-E-News_England_ISSUE-2-final-revised.pdf – Downloaded 2332 times – 1.24 MB

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