Welcome to the RESPONSE Project Homepage
21 October, 2008
'Response' (or 'Responding to the risks from climate change') is a three-year Project
supported by the LIFE financial instrument of the European Community, launched in
December 2006. The Project provides a framework for understanding and preparing for
the impacts of climate change around the European coastline.
The RESPONSE Project publications can assist organisations managing the coastline in
assessing and prioritising the risks arising from climate change impacts on natural hazards,
to inform the planning process.
The Project has demonstrated regional-scale mapping of coastal evolution and risks, taking
account of the impacts of climate change. It has also examined the current and future costs
of coastal natural hazards, to encourage cost-effective solutions. Nine Partner organisations
in the United Kingdom, Italy, France and Poland have participated, led by the Isle of Wight
Council's Centre for the Coastal Environment, UK.
Issues addressed by the Project include:
- The impacts of climate change for coastal communities
- Erosion, landsliding and flooding hazards now and in the future
- Identifying areas of increasing risk
- Advising decision-makers on managing coastal and climate change
Our target audience:
The RESPONSE Project will help local and regional authorities and other coastal stakeholders to recognise
areas of increasing risk as a result of climate change and
to identify potential solutions.
Climate change - the challenge:
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts that climate change impacts
will include sea-level rise, increased winter rainfall and more intense storm activity -a
growing threat for many coastal communities affected by coastal erosion, flooding and
landsliding, and an increasing challenge for the local and regional authorities
responsible for addressing the resulting risks.
"Winning the battle against climate change concerns us all. The time of
theoretical debates about climate change is over, we need practical and
EC Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas
(Brussels, 7th July 2006; SPEECH/06/444)
"We need to adapt to the climate change that is inevitable because of the massive
accumulation of past emissions. We are far from helpless in the face of this challenge.
There are many things we can do to reduce risks and protect ourselves from the
extreme weather associated with climate change. Climate change still tends to be
perceived as an environmental concern. But it has profound implications for jobs,
growth, health and almost all other aspects of human well-being, including security."
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan
(New York, 28th September 2006; SG/SM/10665/ENV/DEV/903)
RESPONSE Project International Conference, May 2007:
“Landslides & Climate Change –Challenges and Solutions”
Proceedings & presentations available! click here for more information