The environmental, social, governance and economic case for urgent action
The Resilient Lagoon Network
Ensuring the sustainability of the world’s lagoons is vital to communities, ecosystems and economies. Our international, multi-stakeholder platform aims to bring a new dynamic to understanding and addressing this crucial challenge.
Lagoon management framework
Click here to take a look at our management framework co-constructed with lagoon stakeholders
An unfolding crisis
- Lagoons provide an array of fundamental, valuable resources that are essential to the wellbeing of coastal communities in many parts of the world.
- Particularly in West Africa and elsewhere in the global South, the settlements built around them are among the fastest-growing and most developed areas.
- Yet the sustainability of lagoons and the survival of the people who rely on them are under increasing pressure from a complex set of interconnected problems.
- These include population growth, pollution, poor sanitation and climate-change-related threats such as sea-level rise, erosion and shifts in natural cycles.
- Understanding of these challenges remains limited, as a result of which there is little effective policy and governance to support prospective solutions.
An innovative platform for action
- The Resilient Lagoon Communities Network (RLCN) seeks to provide an international, multi-stakeholder platform for tackling this issue.
- At the RLCN’s core is an interdisciplinary team of academics with decades of combined experience in a wide range of relevant fields.
- One of our key goals is to facilitate dialogue and knowledge transfer between experts from the natural and social sciences, engineering and education.
- Crucially, we also believe the sustainability of the world’s lagoons requires people – that is, local communities – to work with policymakers and practitioners.
- By promoting an approach that is both “bottom-up” and “top-down”, we aim to forge the links needed to build long-term resilience in lagoon communities.
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