Coastal conference in Daliburgh

AN international conference will be held in Daliburgh, South Uist on March 27th and 28th.

The transnational CoastAdapt Conference titled ‘The Sea as Our Neighbour: Adapting to Climate Change by Coastal Communities and Habitats on Europe’s Northern Periphery’ is the culmination of three years work.

The information which will be presented has been submitted by 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 in coastal environments that are fragile yet energetic and always dynamic.

The coastline provides space and resources for industry, habitation, and recreation and are under constant change, with the influence of human intervention sometimes having unintended consequences.

The 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 conference will look at the question: how will we cope with the changes that are taking place at the coast both now and in the future?

And the focus is to find answers, although perhaps not specific solutions, by exploring and demonstrating the methods which can be put into practice by local people and authorities.

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.

The Conference is open for anyone to attend, however, prior booking is essential.

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