An introduction to Coastwise – one of two Coastal Transition Accelerator Programme projects in England
Action needs to be taken now to explore how local authorities, communities, individuals, infrastructure owners and national government can best work together to prepare and plan for coastal erosion. The consequences of erosion are profound and require advance planning to transition to being more prepared. This webinar will introduce North Norfolk District Council’s ‘Coastwise’ initiative – a programme running until 2027 to develop transition plans and deliver practical actions to prepare this coast for the future.
Over the next 100 years, it is predicted that over 1,000 homes will be lost to erosion in North Norfolk. Erosion will impact whole communities by threatening businesses, roads, footpaths, and utilities such as sewage, water and electricity. It will also affect our wellbeing, beach access and heritage assets such as churches, lighthouses, listed buildings, and much more.
The consequences of erosion are profound and require advanced planning to transition to being more prepared. Coastwise will involve working together in North Norfolk to develop nationally useful practical actions, plans and policy, funding and finance options.
Action needs to be taken now to explore how local authorities, communities, individuals, and national government can best work together to prepare and plan for coastal erosion.
Coastwise is a new North Norfolk initiative to transition and prepare coastal communities where the coast is eroding.
Coastwise is a nationally funded scheme, through the Coastal Transition Acceleration Programme, funded by DEFRA and the Environment Agency.
Dr Sophie Day – Senior Research Associate, University of East Anglia seconded to North Norfolk District Council
Sophie Day is a Senior Research Associate at the University of East Anglia, researching adaptation to coastal change in the UK and abroad. Through working closely with coastal managers in Norfolk and Suffolk over many years, Sophie’s research focusses on advancing the practice of adaptive coastal governance: how do we go about collectively, and adaptively managing the interplay of environmental, technical, policy, social, and economic challenges for a resilient future? Sophie’s excellent practitioner and policy network is a valuable outcome of a shared interest in the environmental and socio-economic challenges facing the East coast of England, and elsewhere in the UK and abroad.
Full Bio here
Rob Goodliffe – Coastal Transition Manager, North Norfolk District Council
Rob has worked with communities and organisations to deliver practical coastal management approaches for business and communities including traditional coastal risk management and pioneering coastal change adaptation and transition projects.