International Coastal Symposium 2013 SAS & Surfrider

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Surfrider's Chad Nelsen and Surfers Against Sewage's Andy Cummins co-present on surf protection at the International Coastal Symposium at Plymouth University, UK. April

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International Coastal Symposium 2013 SAS & Surfrider

  1. 1. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenParadise Lost: Threatened Waves &Strategies For Global Wave ProtectionBy Andy Cummins &Chad Nelsen
  2. 2. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen
  3. 3. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen• How Surfing Has Evolved• Threats To Surfing Waves• Reactive Case Study: North American Wave UnderThreat, Surfrider Foundation• Proactive Case Study: Adapting Current LegislationTo Better Protect Surfing Waves Or Creating NewLaw Protection Legislation
  4. 4. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenImage courtesy of Chicagopressrelease.com
  5. 5. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen198719781991199819662011
  6. 6. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen• 6 X Englishtitles• 2 X Britishtitles• 2 X EuropeantitlesPaul Russell, Professor of Oceanography at the University of Plymouth, worldauthority on beach studies, ICS 2013 Steering Group member & Scientific Boardmember
  7. 7. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenA Reactive Campaign To ProtectTrestles, California.By Chad Nelsen
  8. 8. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen
  9. 9. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen
  10. 10. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen
  11. 11. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen
  12. 12. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen
  13. 13. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen
  14. 14. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen“[I]t would be difficult to imagine a more environmentallydamaging alternative location for the proposed toll road andone which would be more clearly inconsistent with theenvironmentally sensitive habitat resource protectionrequirements contained within Coastal Act Section 30240.”“No measures exist that would enable the proposedalignment to be found consistent with the Coastal Act.”California Coastal Act
  15. 15. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen
  16. 16. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenMajor impacts to a sensitive & highly used natural areaNot consistent with the California Coastal Act.Inconsistent with other state and federal laws?Massive public response was the differenceToll road project rejected by the CA Coastal Commission & USDepartment of CommerceThe threat isn’t overConclusions
  17. 17. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenWaves Under Threat GloballyAustraliaUKChileIrelandColombiaAmericaMexicoSouth AfricaNew ZealandThe Azores
  18. 18. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenWaves Damaged GloballyChileMadeiraEcuadorSpainNew Zealand
  19. 19. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenWaves Destroyed Around The WorldAmericaBrazilPortugalMexicoMaldivesUK
  20. 20. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenUnder Threat From Development
  21. 21. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenUnder Threat From Restricted Access
  22. 22. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenUnder Threat From Pollution
  23. 23. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenUnder Threat From Radioactive Waste
  24. 24. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenProactive Case Study: Adapting CurrentLegislation To Better Protect Surfing Waves OrCreating New Law Protection Legislation.By Andy Cummins
  25. 25. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsen
  26. 26. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenProtect Our Waves Petition.Inappropriate coastal development.Restriction on raw sewage discharges via CSOsManagement systems in place to tackle marinelitterSecure water users rights to sustainably accessthe coast
  27. 27. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenRaise awareness across the surfing communityabout the array of threats facing our coastline.Raise awareness amongst developers & pollutersabout the value of waves and the surfingcommunityRaise awareness amongst legislators about theeconomic, social, cultural and environmental valueof waves
  28. 28. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenThe petition calls on Parliament todebate the economic and intrinsicvalue of UK surfing waves andbeaches, and produce specificlegislation to protect these unique,finite assets for this and futuregenerations.
  29. 29. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenMarine & Coastal Access Act 2009Revised Bathing Water Directive and/orthe Marine Strategy FrameworkDirectiveClean Neighbourhood & EnvironmentAct 2005Amend Current Legislation
  30. 30. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenLegislation could be created tospecifically protect surfing waves andthe dynamics needed to protect surfingwaves from inappropriate development,surfers sustainable access to the coastand the ensure the waters aroundrecreational water sports zones areimpacted by pollution.Create New Legislation
  31. 31. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenSummary• Threats are numerous, varied and usually backed by well resourced institutions.• Currently the onus is on NGOs to recognise threats and effectively defend thewave/represent the surfing community.• Amending current legislation or creating new legislation would protect wavesaround the entire UK.Boscombe’ s artificialsurfing reef £3 million.Is Broad Bench worth over£10 million, £100 million?
  32. 32. SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins &Surfrider Environmental Director ChadNelsenThanks for listening.Any questions?

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