Surfers as coastal defenders - The Dollemard Landfill

Surfrider Foundation Europe
Publié: 14 janvier 2022
Dernière modification: 14 janvier 2022
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Summary

The Dollemard cliffs at Le Havre in Normandy, France, are part of a rich coastal ecosystem. Since 1960, this Natura 2000 site has been threatened by an adjacent coastal landfill. Holding some 400,000 tons of domestic and industrial waste, it is the largest landfill in France. This waste is leaching into the surrounding environment. The problem is exacerbated by climate change: increasingly frequent heavy storms and rising seas. Unclearly apportioned responsibility and a lack of funding have thwarted past attempts to solve the problem. In coalition with local communities and public authorities, the Surfrider Foundation Europe Seine Maritime has been advocating action to avert further environmental damage. Their efforts recently paid off: the City of Le Havre has agreed to excavate the landfill. €900,000 has been raised from the State, Normandy Region, the City and the local community to restore the area back to good ecological condition.

Classifications

Region
Europe de l’Ouest et du Sud
Scale of implementation
Local
Ecosystem
Area-wide development
Plage
Écosystème urbain
Écosystèmes marins et côtiers
Theme
Acteurs locaux
Adaptation au changement climatique
Déchets marins
Fragmentation et la dégradtion de l'habitat
Gestion des déchets
Moyens d'existence durables
Pollution
Prévention de l'érosion
Restauration
Réduction des risques de catastrophes
Species Conservation and One Health Interventions
Planification de la conservation des espèces
Communication des risques, engagement communautaire et changement de comportement
Urban and Disaster Risk Management
Resilience and disaster risk management
Territorial and spatial development
Challenges
Montée du niveau des mers
Ondes de tempêtes
Érosion
Perte de l'écosystème
Pollution (y compris eutrophisation et déchets)
Manque d'accès au financement à long terme
Sustainable development goals
ODD 3 - Bonne santé et bien-être
ODD 11 - Villes et communautés durables
ODD 14 - Vie aquatique
ODD 15 - Vie terrestre
Aichi targets
Objectif 2: Valeurs de la biodiversité intégrées
Objectif 5: Perte d'habitat réduite de moitié ou diminuée
Objectif 8: Pollution réduite
Objectif 15: Restauration et la résilience des écosystèmes

Emplacement

Le Havre, Seine-Maritime, France

Impacts

The case shows the power that local communities and advocates have in initiating political change. The Dollemard case can provide an example to other communities affected by waste degrading the environment.

 

A three-month test site has been created to find the most optimal way of cleaning the landfill without harming the coastline. This involved experimenting with sorting techniques, soil samples, and the composition of the pollution. In addition, ecological monitoring is being used to measure the impact on ecosystems and to optimize restoration. The findings of these experiments can provide important knowledge for future landfill restoration projects.

 

The fragile coastal and marine ecosystems will be protected against further erosion of the landfill. This will save up to 13,000 truckloads of waste by 2050. Besides protecting nature, the excavation of the landfill will positively impact on the health of local citizens, divers, and surfers by removing dangerous substances like asbestos.

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Eline van Remortel IUCN Urban Alliance