Major conference places spotlight on Suffolk’s coast and estuaries

THE future of Suffolk's breathtaking coastline and estuaries was today (Thursday) the focus of a major conference which considered the threat of erosion, pollution and climate change.

The Suffolk Coast and Estuaries community conference, which took place at Thorpeness Country Club, showcased innovative schemes from local groups which are already doing a great deal to manage the effects of erosion.

The event was Suffolk Coast Forum's first major conference. Speakers included Jim Hutchison, regional flood and coast manager from the Environment Agency, Professor Mike Cowling explaining the role of The Crown Estate, Graham Henderson on the future of Deben Estuary and Gary Richens talking about the experience of Shotley Community Group.

Suffolk Coast Forum comprises community groups, Suffolk County Council, Environment Agency, local councils and other organisations.

David Ritchie, chairman of the Suffolk Coast Forum, opened the conference. He said; 'Today was the Forum's first major event, and highlighted the importance of Suffolk's coastal landscape and the need for all those with a responsibility for maintaining it to work in partnership for future generations to enjoy.

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'We face many challenges: coastal erosion, pollution and the consequences of climate change. All of this means this event is timely, and I hope will be the first of many such opportunities to showcase the fantastic work that many local groups are already doing in this area.'

Those present heard about the North Norfolk and Waveney Coastal Pathfinder projects, which considered how communities can change and adapt when land and properties are lost to erosion.

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Local groups also took the opportunity to highlight their work to ensure a future for people and wildlife in the face of difficult changes along the coast and estuaries.

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