For the coastal communities around the world, climate change over the next century will lead to new localised risks and opportunities as natural processes accelerate and traditional weather patterns become less reliable.
Coastal Communities 2150 (CC2150) is a project part-funded through the INTERREG IV A Two Seas Programme developed to address these potential changes through engaging communities or sectors at long-term risk and supporting locally developed responses. CC2150 unites people and organisations across the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands with the aim of helping communities develop local visions and action plans to decrease their vulnerability and increase resilience to climate and coastal change.
Why 2150? Why communities? By working to a long-term time frame, we aim to see the wider implications of coastal change, rather than seeing only the immediate concerns. Communities on the Kent coast are vulnerable to potential environmental changes due to their unique socio-economic profiles and environmental situations1. Impacts of climate and coastal change are already being felt by residents around our coastline and this project aims to help communities maximise the opportunities and minimise any risks associated with these effects. We know that the social, economical and environmental costs of acting now to address change are far less than if we take a purely reactive position2.
The Kent project communities are the Isle of Sheppey, Margate & Cliftonville and Romney Marsh. We are reaching out into the wider community to raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities of climate change, and develop a vision and action plan for the future. You can find out more about climate change, its implications for Kent – and what you can do as an individual please visit the climate change tab on the menu bar.
Kent County Council, in partnership with five other coastal European regions and part-financed through the European Union, aim to reduce the consequences of climate change on coastal communities through the development of tools and adaptation plans to help the communities prepare for potential change. The project is broken into three parts:
1) Better knowledge for all
We have identified priority sectors and communities on the coast which will be most at risk of experiencing climate changes. These sectors and communities have been risk assessed and represented throughout the project.
2) Planning engagement and developing tools
After understanding the risks and opportunities priority areas face, we have developed tools to disseminate climate change projections and develop adaptation strategies to the pilot communities.
3) Engaging with communities
With the tools and in conjunction with our stakeholders, we will engage directly with the priority sectors and communities in order to achieve a greater understanding of vulnerabilities and opportunities for the coast. This will result in the development of tailored adaptation action plans to be implemented in each area.
Goals and Outcome
The goals and the outcomes of the project are numerous and ambitious. With our partners and stakeholders, we hope to:
- To support coastal communities in developing their own responses to environmental change.
- To increase awareness, understanding and support planning for the long term effects of climate change.
- To widen partnership and stakeholder working both locally, regionally, and internationally in the area of climate change adaptation.
Have your say
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