Wetlands play an important role in storing flood waters because they can absorb heavy rainfall. With climate change we can expect increased winter rainfall and heavier rainstorms.
Cheviot Futures is about working with farmers, land managers and others to find ways of responding to the threats and opportunities presented by climate change.
Potential impacts from climate change, especially at the coast, will sometimes require us to do things differently or change our approach to managing the coastline. In East Sussex we have worked with the local partnership to set out a different approach.
Peat landscapes can help us both limit and adapt to climate change. This is because, if managed properly, peat acts as a carbon store to prevent carbon being lost to the atmosphere, as well as absorbing heavy rainfall to prevent flooding downstream.
Wetland are a vital part of our response to climate change. It is important to balance the needs of this habitat, along with those of the community, in the face of predicted climate change impacts.
Peat landscapes, such as the upland areas of the Peak District, can help us both mitigate and adapt to climate change.
Hotter, drier summers, and reductions in the availability of water, will pose real challenges to the agricultural sector.
Climate change will pose significant risks to our existing wetlands and the species that rely on them as summer rainfall decreases and water becomes more scarce.
Adapting to climate change will require an integrated and flexible approach to planning, building a consensus across many different sectors. Integrated river basin management is one such tool and an important future vehicle for our adaptation work.
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Last updated: 19 March 2013