Coastal communities are being impacted by changes to our climate, whether it be through increased storm frequency and tidal surges, sea-level rise or coastal erosion, the consequences are clear for all to see yet there is not a solution in place. Our Coastal Adaptation Working Group strive to engage coastal communities, participate in projects to affect change and champion for support to enable our communities to transition to a different future.
“Much of the UK Coastline is under threat, global warming causing sea level rise, more violent storms and excess ground water. Many small communities are in a vulnerable position as, indeed, are large urban areas. To build even higher and stronger hard defenses is not the answer as the power of the sea would quickly destroy them. The answer is to work with communities to ensure they have a future by adapting to this change. Properties, businesses, infrastructure and community facilities can be relocated away from the risk zone. The LGA Coastal SIG is working with Central Government to progress Adaptation to Coastal Change.”
Cllr Angie Fitch-Tillett, LGA Coastal SIG Coastal Adaptation Member Champion
“In order to deal with the immediate risks we are facing from climate change and sea level rise, we urgently need cross government and cross sector support , notably from the perspective of resilience infrastructure, if we are to stand any chance of tackling this issue in the very short time scales we have.
A National conversation about why our coast matters is needed urgently!”
Karen Thomas, LGA Coastal SIG Coastal Adaptation Officer Lead
The LGA Coastal SIG Lead Officer and Coastal Adaptation Officer Lead were invited to Flood & Coast 2023 to lead a workshop on Coastal Viability as part of a double session looking at Coastal Planning and Placemaking in collaboration with the Coastal Group Network.
The workshops were very well attended and brought together coastal practitioners alongside those from other sectors to discuss the role of Shoreline Management Plans and management in delivering viable and sustainable communities in the face of climate change.
For further information on the learning gleaned from these workshops please read/download our report below.
Where do I find further information?
To find out further information relating coastal erosion and flooding on your local council websites please click on the highlighted pins in the map below.
For further information on projects linked to coastal adaptation please use the links below:
- Flood and Coast Innovation Programme (including the Coastal Transition Accelerator Programme and Flood and Coast Resilience Innovation Projects)
- Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Investment Programme
For digital services for coastal communities to out if you are at flood and coastal erosion risk and to sign up for flood warnings please use the links below:
- Check coastal erosion management in your area – Use this link to find out about Shoreline Management Plans and the coastal management approach and also also find out if your coast is erodible and the predicted rates of erosion through this century.
- Check the long term flood risk for an area – Put in your postcode into a search and a summary of flood risk is provided for your area along with a link to display the information on a map and which Risk Management Authority is responsible for managing the flood risk from rivers and the sea, surface water, reservoirs and groundwater (where data is available).
- Check for flooding in your area – Use this link to check current flood warnings or alerts, river/sea/groundwater/rainfall levels and flood risk in the next 5 days. You can also use this link to Sign up for flood warnings
For planners/developers looking for further information in relation to flooding please see the link below:
- Flood map for planning – Use this link to access the service provided by the EA to support the planning system where developers/planners can find out if they need a flood risk assessment as part of a planning application/permission, download a printable flood map for planning showing the flood zone and request flood risk assessment data.
Impact of Coastal Erosion on Coastal Communities
On 11 January 2023, Karen Thomas presented on the impact of coastal erosion on coastal communities as part of a Parliamentary Briefing to the APPG for Coastal Communities.
During this session, MP’s also heard from Lucy Ansbro on her personal experience with coastal erosion. Lucy’s perspective can be watched in the video opposite and gives a real voice to people on the frontline of this issue.
We thank Lucy and Coastal Partnership East for permission to share this film which remains their property.