About the Co-Adapt project
In addition to Connecting the Culm there are two other UK projects taking part in the Co-Adapt project:
Flood Plain Resilience project – Communities and landowners on the Somerset Levels changing land use and management and developing plans to make the area more resilient to flood and drought. This will involve the Somerset Rivers Authority, Somerset Wildlife Trust, Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) and the County Council.
Porlock Vale Streams project – Led by the National Trust, this will include restoring moorland in the headwaters, reconnecting rivers with their floodplain, species reintroduction, creating flood meadows, ponds and seasonal wetlands on the floodplain; and restoring natural processes to deliver benefits for people and nature.
The Co-Adapt project will bring £2.53m from the European Regional Development Fund over the next three-and-a-half years for these projects in Devon and Somerset.
A total of €7.3 million has come from the Interreg 2 Seas funding programme – a European Territorial Cooperation Programme covering England, France, the Netherlands and Belgium (Flanders). The Programme is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.
The Co-Adapt project (short for Climate Adaptation through Co-creation) is designed to help us adapt to climate change.
Co-Adapt will use a revolutionary new approach known as ‘adaptation pathways’ which focuses on ways we can improve understanding and adapt to environmental pressures. This means local authorities and communities can make effective plans and long-term decisions in the face of climate uncertainty.
There are two main responses to climate change: mitigation and adaptation. ‘Mitigation’ addresses the root causes of climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, whereas ‘adaptation’ seeks to lessen the risks posed by the consequences of climatic change. Adaptation is crucial because even if emissions are dramatically decreased in the next decade and the most severe climate change impacts are avoided, we will still need to adapt to deal with the global changes that have already been set in motion.
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Read more about Connecting the Culm
Of course, a vital component in Connecting the Culm will be collaborating with people – residents, organisations and landowners in the catchment area – to find solutions to the environmental challenges we face.
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Blackdown Hills AONB is a partnership funded by Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Devon County Council, Somerset County Council, East Devon District Council, Mid Devon District Council and Somerset West and Taunton council.
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