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World Environment Day 2013

Published: 7 June 2013

This year the University of Southampton joined the global community in celebration of World Environment Day (5th June 2013)

Guest speaker Chris Tyas from RSPB stimulated thought and debate on the latest developments of the RSPB Wallasea Island Coastal Project.

The project is a landmark conservation and engineering scheme for the 21st century, on a scale never before attempted in the UK and the largest of its type in Europe. The project will receive 4.5million tonnes of material excavated during the Crossrail operations in London to help shape Europe's largest man-made nature reserve. The aim of this project is to combat the threats from climate change and coastal flooding by recreating the ancient wetland landscape of mudflats and saltmarsh, lagoons and pasture.

The landmark project adopts a true multidisciplinary approach in relation to climate adaptation, coastal conservation and engineering.

An art exhibition, provided by local Year 10 school students, on the World Environment Day Theme Think.Eat.Save was also displayed at the event.

Presentation slides now available on Slide Share.

Video available on YouTube (above) at:

Full details available on the Sustainability Science at Southampton USRG website.

Notes for editors

 The University of Southampton's multidisciplinary groups- the Sustainability Science at Southampton (SSS) USRG and Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI)- were delighted to have the opportunity to exhibit the creative work from local secondary school students and to welcome Chris and members of the public to join the university in celebrating this important day.

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Full details re. the Wallasea Island Wild Coast project can be found at:

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"Alarming environmental changes and disasters, unprecedented and unheard of before, occur at a greater rate. Climate change with ensuing water shortage, desertification, soil and vegetation degradation lead not only to depletion of natural resources, but also threaten the social and economic development of the entire world. Environmental protection is not a single-day campaign. This is a life-long cause of day-to-day efforts of every citizen of the world". Message by H.E. Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, President of Mongolia.

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