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Coastal Change Pathfinders

There are 15 Coastal Change Pathfinder authorities who are exploring new ways of adapting to coastal change. The pathfinders received nearly £11 million from the coastal change fund announced in June 2009.

Working in partnership with their communities, the pathfinders are road-testing new and innovative approaches to planning for and managing change.  Through this work, the pathfinder programme is:

  • improving understanding of how coastal communities can adapt to coastal change and what the costs and benefits of different approaches are.
  • providing practical lessons and examples able to be shared with other practitioners, particularly on community adaptation planning and engagement and delivery of adaptive solutions.

The pathfinder programme began in December 2009 and is now in the evaluation phase. All of the pathfinder authorities have been interviewed, in order to capture lessons learned, and the evaluation report will be available by the end of the year.

North west

  • Sefton Coastal Change Pathfinder

North east

  • Scarborough Coastal Change Pathfinder
  • East Riding Coastal Change Pathfinder
  • Lincolnshire Coastal Change Pathfinder

East

  • North Norfolk Coastal Change Pathfinder
  • Waveney Coastal Change Pathfinder
  • Great Yarmouth Coastal Change Pathfinder
  • Tendring Coastal Change Pathfinder

South east

  • Hastings Coastal Change Pathfinder
  • East Sussex Coastal Change Pathfinder
  • Chichester Coastal Change Pathfinder

South

  • Hampshire Coastal Change Pathfinder
  • Dorset Coastal Change Pathfinder

South west

  • South Hams Coastal Change Pathfinder
  • Somerset Coastal Change Pathfinder

Coastal Change Pathfinders: how were they selected?

In June 2009, local authorities were invited to apply to become pathfinders by the deadline of 11 September 2009.  A total of 20 bids were received which were assessed against the criteria set out in the summer’s coastal change consultation. The panel comprised representatives from Defra, the Environment Agency, Communities and Local Government, the Commission for Rural Communities, the Community Development Foundation and the local government Improvement and Development Agency.

Defra ministers agreed with the panel’s recommendation to allocate funding to 15 pathfinders.  The selected pathfinders come from around England’s coast; from Sefton in the north west, right the way round the east and south coasts to Somerset in the south west.  The geographical spread of the pathfinders, together with the wide range of projects being explored, should provide invaluable insights into different approaches to supporting community adaptation to coastal change.

Key documents and publications

Two reports reviewing the Coastal Change Pathfinder Programme have been published:

The Coastal Change Pathfinders

There are 15 coastal change pathfinder authorities who are exploring new ways of adapting to coastal change. The pathfinders received nearly £11 million from the coastal change fund announced in June 2009.

Working in partnership with their communities, the pathfinders are road-testing new and innovative approaches to planning for and managing change.  Through this work, the pathfinder programme is:

  • improving understanding of how coastal communities can adapt to coastal change and what the costs and benefits of different approaches are.
  • providing practical lessons and examples able to be shared with other practitioners, particularly on community adaptation planning and engagement and delivery of adaptive solutions.

The pathfinder programme began in December 2009 and will run until spring 2011.  It is a learning programme and we are looking to capture and share lessons learned from pathfinder projects

North east

Sefton Coastal Change Pathfinder

Scarborough Coastal Change Pathfinder

East Riding Coastal Change Pathfinder

Lincolnshire Coastal Change Pathfinder

East

North

The Coastal Change Pathfinders

There are 15 coastal change pathfinder authorities who are exploring new ways of adapting to coastal change. The pathfinders received nearly £11 million from the coastal change fund announced in June 2009.

Working in partnership with their communities, the pathfinders are road-testing new and innovative approaches to planning for and managing change.  Through this work, the pathfinder programme is:

  • improving understanding of how coastal communities can adapt to coastal change and what the costs and benefits of different approaches are.
  • providing practical lessons and examples able to be shared with other practitioners, particularly on community adaptation planning and engagement and delivery of adaptive solutions.

The pathfinder programme began in December 2009 and will run until spring 2011.  It is a learning programme and we are looking to capture and share lessons learned from pathfinder projects

North east

Sefton Coastal Change Pathfinder

Scarborough Coastal Change Pathfinder

East Riding Coastal Change Pathfinder

Lincolnshire Coastal Change Pathfinder

East

North Norfolk Coastal Change Pathfinder

Waveney Coastal Change Pathfinder

Great Yarmouth Coastal Change Pathfinder

Tendring Coastal Change Pathfinder

South East

Hastings Coastal Change Pathfinder

East Sussex Coastal Change Pathfinder

Chichester Coastal Change Pathfinder

South

Hampshire Coastal Change Pathfinder

Dorset Coastal Change Pathfinder

South west

South Hams Coastal Change Pathfinder

Somerset Coastal Change Pathfinder

Norfolk Coastal Change Pathfinder

Waveney Coastal Change Pathfinder

Great Yarmouth Coastal Change Pathfinder

Tendring Coastal Change Pathfinder

South East

Hastings Coastal Change Pathfinder

East Sussex Coastal Change Pathfinder

Chichester Coastal Change Pathfinder

South

Hampshire Coastal Change Pathfinder

Dorset Coastal Change Pathfinder

South west

South Hams Coastal Change Pathfinder

Somerset Coastal Change Pathfinder

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