A new, long-term approach to coastal management in England is urgently needed given the expected impacts of climate change, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) said in their latest announcement.
“Climate change will almost certainly cause sea levels around the UK to increase by 1 meter or more at some point in the future, and this could happen as early as 2100 – within the lifetimes of today’s children,” said CCC.
In a new report, ‘Managing the coast in a changing climate’, the Committee finds that coastal communities, infrastructure and landscapes in England are already under significant pressure from flooding and erosion. These threats will increase in the future.
As a result, some coastal communities and infrastructure are unlikely to be viable in their current form. This problem is not currently being confronted with the required urgency or openness, the Committee’s report shows.
“Long-term action to adapt England’s coasts to climate change in a sustainable way is possible and could deliver multiple benefits. However, the Committee finds that plans for the coast are not realistic about the implications of climate change, and are not backed up with funding or legislation,” added CCC.
The key findings are:
- Coastal communities, infrastructure and landscapes already face threats from flooding and coastal erosion. These threats will increase in the future;
- In the future, some coastal communities and infrastructure are likely to be unviable in their current form. This problem is not being confronted with the required urgency or openness;
- Sustainable coastal adaptation is possible and could deliver multiple benefits.