New for the 2019 edition of the conference is the technical visit on 26 September is included as part of the conference experience, offering delegates the opportunity to learn about France’s most recent major coastal flooding event, Storm Xynthia, and its impact in areas surrounding La Rochelle. The storm claimed a number of lives and caused hundreds of millions of Euros damage.
Poor maintenance of some of the area’s coastal defence infrastructure was blamed in part for these effects, but in addition to renewed structural investment, the event also called for improved emergency response procedures and immediate adaptation of coastal communities to coastal risk. This caused controversy with local authorities and communities, and has stimulated a lot of new thinking and new approaches to coastal management in France across a variety of professions.
The site visit will include locations that were hardest hit by Storm Xynthia as well as places where a variety of different schemes have been constructed in response.
- Visit the La Faute Memorial
- Walk around the Bay of Aiguillon natural area
- Expert explanation of critical features at key sites
- Drop off at La Rochelle Airport (13:30) and Train Station (14:00)