CC2150 brings coastal communities together to fight impact of climate change

The project, Coastal Communities 2150 (CC2150), established six pilot communities in coastal areas in the southeast of England, Belgium and the Netherlands in order to help these areas understand and prepare for the challenge of climate change.

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Aduresselles in Northern France, a coastal region which benefitted from the project. Credit Eric Desaunois Aduresselles in Northern France, a coastal region which benefitted from the project. Credit Eric Desaunois

" CC2150 has left a legacy of empowered, informed local communities who are more resilient and more likely to make better decisions in planning for a prosperous future. "

John Gower, UK Environment Agency

Through the exchange of knowledge under Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) – overcoming national boundaries – CC2150 aimed to reduce the impact of coastal changes on vulnerable communities. The project allowed for the pooling of resources as well as experiences and know-how.

Says John Gower of the UK Environment Agency: “Communities developed new communication tools and prepared long-term visions for how they can best adapt to extreme weather, higher temperatures and rising sea levels.”

Lasting legacy

The long-term timeframe of the project – preparing for 2150 – allowed the communities to take account of the wider implications of climate change and to learn from different local situations. For example, in the south of England, the project partner, Hampshire County Council, worked with six small, local communities at risk from rising sea levels to find short, medium and long-term solutions to the problem. Through the use of computer visualisations and targeted campaigns the partner was able to help the communities better understand the risks and opportunities.

Another partner, Kent County Council, assessed the wider impacts of climate change on three coastal communities each with its own distinct identity, while in East Sussex, the Environment Agency engaged with residents and coastal authorities through artistic as well as computer images of likely future scenarios. Similarly, Alterra in the Netherlands also engaged locals in its long-term economic plans for Renesse, Schouwen-Duiveland, which take into ecological considerations.

In Belgium, the West Vlaanderen project involved stakeholders in integrated approaches to long-term coastal management, while the Agency for Maritime and Coastal Services – Coastal Division presented the benefits of adopting a plan covering the whole Belgian coast.

Partners from France have also benefited from the project as observers, especially since they could learn from the various practices being implemented to inform their own responses to the effects of climate change.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Coastal Communities 2150” was EUR 2 886 000 of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund contributed EUR 1 443 000 from the “Interreg IV A 2 Seas” Operational Programme for the 2007 to 2013 period, under the priority “Promoting and enhancing a safe and healthy environment”.

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