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The UK LIFE project on shoreline management: ‘Living with the Sea’
Worrall, S. (2005). The UK LIFE project on shoreline management: ‘Living with the Sea’, in: Herrier, J.-L. et al. (Ed.) (2005). Proceedings 'Dunes and Estuaries 2005': International Conference on nature restoration practices in European coastal habitats, Koksijde, Belgium 19-23 September 2005. VLIZ Special Publication, 19: pp. 451-459
In: Herrier, J.-L. et al. (Ed.) (2005). Proceedings 'Dunes and Estuaries 2005': International Conference on nature restoration practices in European coastal habitats, Koksijde, Belgium 19-23 September 2005. VLIZ Special Publication, 19. Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ): Oostende. XIV, 685 pp., more
In: VLIZ Special Publication. Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ): Oostende. ISSN 1377-0950, more

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Document type: Conference paper

Keywords
    Coastal zone; Long-term planning; Sea level changes; ANE, British Isles, England [Marine Regions]; Marine
Author keywords
    Sea level rise; Habitats and birds directives; Flood risk management

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  • Worrall, S.

Abstract
    Climate change and sea level rise is posing ever-greater challenges to the sustainable management of our coasts. ‘Living with the Sea’ was a four-year partnership project benefiting from European Commission LIFE Nature funding. The project focused on coastal areas of England, in particular on coastlines with complexes of sites designated under European Habitats and Birds Directives. Research has indicated that climate change and sea level rise will drive significant habitat change on these coastlines, with implications for how we deliver flood risk management. This paper provides information about the overall project aims and successes, the Coastal Habitat Management Plan concept, and other specific elements of the study including the review of how we have incorporated the Habitats and Birds Directives into UK law. The paper also considers the recommendation’s arising from this visionary project in the wider context of how we need to manage our coastlines, the communities, natural features and wider land use, so that we can survive climate change and sea level rise in the long term. We must anticipate change, plan for it and provide space within our coastal zones; zones that will become more extensive and influential with the continued rise in sea levels and pressures to find new development opportunities.

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