The rare and endangered coastal dune areas targeted by this project are suffering from high human pressure due to mass tourism. This has resulted in the degradation, in particular, of Habitats Directive-listed priority coastal Juniper dunes and related habitats. The threats include uncontrolled visitor and vehicle access to the dune areas, a lack of knowledge about the value and importance of these fragile habitats, and a lack of planning and management which has led to the approval of unsuitable structures in the dune areas.
The SOSS DUNES project’s goals were to:
- Apply the best possible practices and actions to protect the coastal Juniper dunes and related habitats, including wooded dunes;
- Establish a common approach for the long-term protection of the habitats;
- Decrease/eliminate the threats to the habitats in the areas identified; and
- Increase awareness among local people and stakeholders of the importance of these habitats.
The SOSS DUNES project only achieved the following main results:
-Technical report on geomorphology, sedimentology and coastal-marine dynamic
-Report on geobotanical studies
-Detailed Map of the the project site
-Report on the impact of the habitat use
-Distribution of dissemination material produced
-Installation of seven information boards
-Ante-operam monitoring of the shore system satisfactorily carried out.