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Jurassic coast gets climate fund

5 December 09 13:29 GMT

Parts of Dorset's Jurassic Coast have been selected for a share of funding to help meet the challenges of rising sea levels and coastal erosion.

Dorset County Council has successfully bid for £365,500 from a government fund to adapt to climate change.

It formed a partnership with Devon County Council under the banner of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

Vulnerable areas include New Swanage, Charmouth, Seatown, Ringstead, Sidmouth and Preston Beach Road, Weymouth.

'Dynamic change'

The money has been offered by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) through its Coastal Change Pathfinder Fund.

Work is set to start on preparing outlined work, which must be completed by spring 2011.

Ideas proposed include developing a network of coastal change champions to shape debate around coastal change.

The council is working as part of a partnership with authorities including the Environment Agency and National Trust.

Councillor Hilary Cox, from Dorset County Council, said: "We are delighted that our bid has been successful.

"The coastal communities of Dorset and East Devon have lived with dynamic change for generations but it is clear that the risks and impacts from erosion, storms and rising sea levels are going to increase in future.

"The pathfinder funding will help take the future discussions we are having with the communities most at risk from these changes to a new level, helping us to visualise what change may look like and develop options to adapt."

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