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  • Titill er á ensku To what extent are local authorities preparing for coastal climate change impacts in the Forth Estuary in Scotland?
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    There is a strong body of evidence to suggest that climate change and sea-level rise are exacerbating coastal flooding and erosion. With a changing climate comes a greater demand for proactive adaptation, particularly at the local level where responses to climate change need to be delivered in the wider context of existing coastal planning and management. This study explores what steps local authorities in the Forth Estuary are taking to prepare for coastal climate change. A combined content analysis of planning documents and semi-structured interviews with key local authority staff has been used to investigate the extent to which coastal adaptation considerations are integrated into local planning policy and what practical measures have been taken to understand and manage for coastal climate change. Challenges in delivering local level coastal adaptation have also been explored.
    The study showed that even with strong national policy drivers for coastal adaptation, few local authorities in the Forth Estuary are taking proactive steps to understand and plan for coastal climate change. The approach to managing risks associated with coastal flooding and erosion was found to be predominantly reactive and ad hoc. Whilst tools are available to local authorities to assess future coastal climate risk, coastal adaptation considerations were not found to be integrated into local planning policy. The adaptive capacity of local authorities was mainly limited by financial constraints.

  • 18.6.2018

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