The ultimate goal of PLAYA+ is to find the best possible solutions (governance mechanisms, social activities, management tools) to ensure the resilience of beach social-ecological systems in a highly erosive process and widespread economic development in the coastal areas. PLAYA+ introduces internationally recognized mechanisms to link ecological and social aspects within an economy and a global change by working with the principles of the ecosystem approach. This proposed scheme is intended to be flexible enough to be applied to any spatial and temporal scale and provide a framework for continuous improvement of beach management processes at a local, regional and/or state spatial scale. The project is carried out in co-operation with the Geography and Economy Departments of the University of Girona and the ESADE Business School of Barcelona.