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CoastAdapt Conference, South Uist Print E-mail
Friday, 16 March 2012 11:01

International Conference in Daliburgh, South Uist on 27-28 March.

The Sea as Our Neighbour: Adapting to Climate Change by Coastal Communities and Habitats on Europe’s Northern Periphery.

 The Conference is open for anyone to attend. However, prior booking is essential and more information is available by phoning the Comhairle office in Balivanich on 01870 604 992


Conference Programme and Booking Form can be downloaded by clicking here.

The transnational CoastAdapt Conference is the culmination of three years of work by project partners and local people from coastal communities situated in southern Iceland, northern Norway, west of Ireland, and the Outer Hebrides. What people from these regions have in common is that they live and work coastal environments that are fragile yet energetic and always dynamic. Our coasts provide space and resources for the competing uses and values of industry, habitation, and recreation. Coastlines are under constant change and the influence of human intervention can have unintended consequences. Sea level is rising due to melting glaciers and ice caps as well as the expansion effect of warming seas. Storms can cause rapid erosion of soft coasts over short periods of time and heavy wave action can cause undercutting of dune systems.

The aforementioned impacts are well documented. The question is; how will we cope with the changes that are taking place at the coast both now and in the future? Finding the answers to this question, not necessarily in terms of specific solutions, but by exploring and demonstrating the methods which can be put into practice by local people and authorities is the focus of CoastAdapt.

The Conference aims to provide the opportunity for people, whether local residents, from local authority and other agency staff, or from national government, to gain knowledge and an understanding of the options available for making assessments of how vulnerable communities are to change, their ability to adapt and cope, and how they can increase their resilience to climate and other risks presented by change.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is the lead partner in the CoastAdapt project which is part funded by the EU Northern Periphery Programme, and in the Outer Hebrides by the Scottish Government.