Wildlife and habitats
Wetlands play an important role in storing flood waters because they can absorb heavy rainfall. With climate change we can expect increased winter rainfall and heavier rainstorms.
As sea levels rise and we experience the effects of climate change, we are starting to look at new ways of managing the coast, moving away from the solid flood defence structures that have previously protected our coast and estuaries.
Peat landscapes can help us both limit and adapt to climate change. This is because, if managed properly, peat acts as a carbon store to prevent carbon being lost to the atmosphere, as well as absorbing heavy rainfall to prevent flooding downstream.
Wetland are a vital part of our response to climate change. It is important to balance the needs of this habitat, along with those of the community, in the face of predicted climate change impacts.
Peat landscapes, such as the upland areas of the Peak District, can help us both mitigate and adapt to climate change.
Managing climate change on the coast will require us to work with natural processes to ensure that rising sea levels and storm surges can be accommodated.
Climate change will pose significant risks to our existing wetlands and the species that rely on them as summer rainfall decreases and water becomes more scarce.
If wildlife is to adapt successfully to climate change, we must make it easier for species to move through the landscape to new habitats.
Peat landscapes, such as the upland areas Exmoor and Dartmoor, can help us both mitigate and adapt to climate change.
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Last updated: 16 January 2014