Future of the Sea: Health and Wellbeing of Coastal Communities – Foresight Report

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A new report from the Government Office for Science warns that the information needed to develop effective policies to ensure the future prosperity, sustainability and health of coastal communities is inadequate or not available.

The review was commissioned as part of the UK government’s Foresight Future of the Sea project.

The document reports that communities along the coast are on the front line in facing climate change and marine pollution impacts, furthermore their economies are deeply embedded with coastal and other marine activities, making these communities particularly affected. Sea-level rise and extreme weather events, driven by climate change, expose coastal communities to flooding event now and in to the future.

Marine settings provide many health-promoting opportunities for those on the coast including active, outdoor lifestyles and restorative mental health benefits.

Finding ways for each coastal community to become resilient in the face of socio-demographic change and the increasing number of extreme events is noted as a key challenge.