Cliff instability and erosion management in England and Wales

Moore, Roger and Davis, Geoff (2014) Cliff instability and erosion management in England and Wales. Journal of Coastal Conservation, 19 (6). pp. 771-784. ISSN 1400-0350

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Abstract

Coastal risk management has received increasing attention from policy-makers and practitioners over the last 20 years. The introduction by the Department of Environment,
Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), of a new approach to coastal
risk management in England, led to the Environment Agency
being given overall responsibility for the management of
coastal risks in 2007. The establishment of a framework for
coastal management, together with appropriate policy guidance,is particularly important on account of the increasing influence that predicted climate change may have on coastal economies, infrastructure, communities and conservation interests over the next century.Within this framework, the issue of coastal land instability is now being considered alongside the hazards of coastal erosion and flooding. In developing coastal management policies, and in deciding on whether coastal change should be adapted to rather than prevented, the availability of funding for coastal risk management projects and schemes is often an overriding consideration. This is encouraging new and innovative approaches for the avoidance of risks, through the implementation of adaptation strategies and the publication of improved advice and guidance. This paper describes recent policy guidance for coastal cliffs introduced in England and Wales, as well as the testing of new approaches in the field, and provides examples of updated tools to support engagement with stakeholders.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Cliff instability . Coastal erosion . Climate change . Coastal management
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
Depositing User: Medeni Fordham
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2015 13:47
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2016 16:09
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/55230
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