Author(s): Aifeng Tao; Jinyan; Weixu; Jian Shi
Keywords: Chinese living shorelines; Coastal zone; Protection and restoration; Ecological hazard mitigation
Abstract: Living shorelines are defined as shoreline stabilization techniques that use as many natural habitat elements as possible to protect shorelines from erosion while also providing critical habitat for wildlife. They can improve the abilities for both ecology system and disaster reduction. This concept will be introduced to China officially with launch of Coastal Zone Protection and Restoration Projects, which are proposed by president Xi, from this year. The main works of Coastal Zone Protection and Restoration Projects include two parts: natural ecosystem restoration and ecological construction of artificial protection engineering. This paper expounds the connotation, measures and practice of this series of projects, and puts forward some suggestions by summarizing engineering cases at home and abroad, so as to provide reference for further development of Chinese Living Shorelines.