Nausicaa, the French National Centre for the Sea
Kent Wildlife Trust, UK
Kent County Council, UK
Val d’Authie, France
When tackling challenges like climate change and water management, how can we raise awareness of nature-based solutions? In May 2021, Stickydot developed and facilitated a series of workshops to co-create new tools with the team at Nausicaá – Centre National de la Mer and the H2O: Source2Sea Project.
The Pas-de-Calais and Kent regions face the same water management challenges and have similar issues of flooding, drought and pollution of waterways, which damage our shared ecosystem, the Channel, and affect local communities and businesses alike. Flooding alone costs millions of euros in France and the UK annually, and traditional flood and drought management through hard engineering can be expensive and ineffective. Climate change is also likely to increase the likelihood of extreme weather events, which could have a severe impact on water resources.
The H20:Source2Sea project demonstrates how solutions based on nature reduce water management costs while improving freshwater quality, reducing pollution, and benefiting the wildlife and local communities through the implementation of Natural Flood and Drought Management measures.
The online workshops brought together stakeholders from across a range of backgrounds and collectively developed concepts for a number of tools that can be used to raise awareness of nature-based solutions for water management in the region.
“It is inspiring to contribute to a scientific research environment that remains anchored in the realities and interests of a variety of individuals. Collaborating with the public takes your scientific knowledge off the beaten track and challenges you to take a creative approach to your scientific practice. Go ahead: once you try participatory research, you won’t look back!”
At Stickydot, Florence provides support on citizen science and public engagement projects. Florence has been applying participatory approaches in the fields of environment and public health for over five years. She cares deeply about making every step of a scientific research project inclusive, creative and sustainable.