Adapting the Levels
Somerset’s long coast and large areas of low-laying land make it one of the UK’s most climate vulnerable areas, facing significant risks from sea level rise, river flooding and drought.
Adapting The Levels is a partnership project dedicated to bring together and empower those who live and work on the Somerset Levels - from farmers landowners, councils and communities - to take positive action for climate adaptation, and ultimately to develop a co-created suite of adaptation options, tailored to the needs of Somerset’s communities and landscapes.
A new report, produced by the Adapting the Levels project, has revealed that communities on the Somerset Levels are united in their desire for increased action on climate adaptation. The report follows a number of well attended public drop-ins, and workshops with local Parish, District and County Councillors and explores local people's ideas for managing the increased risks of flooding and drought brought by climate change.
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The Somerset Levels are an ever-changing, largely man-made landscape, and what we see today is a snapshot in its long history. Over the millennia, from primitive times, those who have lived in this unique place, who know how to read its nature and who respect, understand and deeply value it, have learnt how to live alongside the challenges that come with calling this landscape home. The changing climate now requires these same people of the Somerset Levels to adapt again in order to create a new vision for a climate resilient future.Lord-Lieutenant for Somerset