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South West coastal change: challenges for Sidmouth

  • by JW

The Devon Maritime Forum will be putting on a special conference looking at Flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCERM).

Interestingly, the photo (taken by Simon Vacher: see below) used to illustrate the event… is of Sidmouth’s coast:


South West Coastal Change Conference 2019:

Managing our Coast in a Changing Climate

The Marine Station, University of Plymouth, 26th November 2019

What does it mean to manage our coast in the context of a climate emergency?  How much will sea-levels rise in the next 50, 100, 300 years?  Are we facing up to the inevitability of future coastal change?  Are existing policies and practice fit for purpose?  Where, how and when, should we think beyond ‘hold the line’?  What are the challenges and opportunities of working with natural processes at the coast?  How do we further integrate FCERM into Local Planning?  What are the relationships between the FCERM and the health and well-being agendas?  How, when and where can we better communicate and engage with impacted communities?

These are some of the questions we’ll be addressing at the inaugural South West Coastal Change Conference on the 26th November 2019 at the Marine Station on the shores of Plymouth Sound.  Organised and hosted by the Devon Maritime Forum, in partnership with the Marine Institute, University of Plymouth, this event offers an unrivalled regional opportunity to hear the very latest thinking on this critical issue and to contribute to the conversation.

Full details of the Programme will be released shortly, but it is shaping up to be one of the best the Forum has ever put together and can boast an exceptional range of speakers working at the forefront of ‘coastal change’ research, policy and practice whether at the international, national, or regional/local scale, with speakers already confirmed from the Met Office, the Committee on Climate Change, the University of Plymouth, UEA, Devon County Council, Royal HaskoningDHV among others.

In partnership with the University of Plymouth, the DMF are able to offer a discounted delegate rate of just £40, exceptional value for an event of this quality.

Registration for this event opens on Tuesday 15th October.

Devon Maritime Forum


The photo was also used on this Futures Forum posting some three years ago:

Futures Forum: Beach Management Plan: steering group to meet Wednesday 17th August


They were taken back in August 2016 by Simon Vacher, a Sidmouth-based wildlife, adventure and documentary cameraman – who had his stunning aerial photos showcased on the Herald on-line pages:

A bird’s-eye view of Sidmouth


Here’s Simon’s website: