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Coastal environment

"An integrated approach, equally recognising peoples', economies' and the environment's importance"

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Complex and constantly evolving

Aside from the Wash, there are two stretches of Heritage Coast:

  1. The North Norfolk Coast is the UK’s only example of a classic barrier beach system, with its saltmarsh and creeks behind sand and shingle dunes and bars.
  2. While the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area is one of Britain’s finest landscapes. It covers almost 400 square kilometres and includes within it wildlife-rich wetlands, ancient heaths, windswept shingle beaches and historic towns and villages.

• Over 60% of this coast is environmentally designated for nationally and internationally important wild plants and animals, a myriad of breeding and non-breeding waders, wildfowl and other wetland birds.

CHaMPS and SMPs (see Glossary) are being developed for much of the coast.

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Challenge 4: ‘Responding to a changing coast’
With much of the Region's coast and estuaries of international significance for wildlife and/or habitats, over 60% of it is already environmentally designated. Yet most of it is threatened by climate change triggering increased flooding, erosion and coastal squeeze.
Nevertheless the Forum is aiming for long-term sustainability by making space for nature in advance of this anticipated freshwater, saltmarsh and mudflat habitat loss.

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