Closing Statement

ISBS 2018
2018 International Sandy Beaches Symposium
25-29 May, Heraklion, Greece

We would like to conclude the symposium with a clear message, directed to all those who relate to beaches: users, researchers, managers, citizens, tourists, policy-makers. In a time of unprecedented environmental change, with beaches being particularly vulnerable and often threatened by long-lasting stressors, the Conference proposes this vision statement:
Sandy beaches maintained in a functional condition supporting sustainable human uses.”
This vision is consistent with United Nations Millennium Development Goals (UN-MDG,) and serves the public interest. This implies the consideration of sandy beaches as complex social-ecological systems, whereas their sustainable use is tied to welfare, equality, life below water and on land, and knowledge-based governance. This requires integrated knowledge gathered from different disciplines and made available to different stakeholders, empowering them and supporting a long-term vision. An ecology-based management is considered essential to sustain the functionality of sandy beaches.

In order to achieve our vision for beaches, it will be important to:

1. Promote sandy beaches as unique living ecosystems that provide important services to humans;
2. Prevent further loss of beaches as ecosystems due to increasing human threats and
unwise management practices;
3. Consider and study sandy beaches as social-ecological systems extended across land and sea;
4. Develop ecological principles and paradigms to be used by decision-makers and
managers and;
5. Develop and implement best-practice management protocols.

Participants at this conference are actively addressing these issues as well as challenges
related to a much needed change in the approach to sandy beaches.

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General information about the ISBS 2018 Conference

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The publication of the proceedings of ISBS 2018 is being planned as special issue of Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science,, depending on the amount of manuscripts received and accepted for publication.

In synergy with the goals of the symposium, the journal welcomes multidisciplinary studies and integrated approaches covering fundamental aspects of the topic.