Sustainable Resilient Coasts

UW is a support partner on the COAST project funded by the European Northern Periphery and Arctic Program, with the project leads from the Agricultural University of Iceland and University of Iceland.

In this capacity, UW hosts PhD student Maria Wilke from the Agricultural University of Iceland. Her role in the COAST project is to explore ways to support and empower remote coastal communities in environmental decision-making. Her research interests lie in environmental education and community engagement into marine management processes.

The Westfjords are currently one of the chosen sites of coastal and marine planning by the National Planning Agency. She will engage with the municipalities and community members across the Westfjords to stimulate a wide-spread public participation and discussion of sustainable ocean use.