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Coastal adaptation planning in Fairbourne, Wales: Lessons for climate change adaptation

Buser, Michael



Adaptation to climate change is emerging as a central objective and policy frame for coastal communities. This paper examines recent climate change adaptation efforts in the UK, centring on the case of Fairbourne, Wales. The village is facing the long-term prospect of flooding and inundation due to the impacts of sea level rise. The recent Shoreline Management Plan for the area has recommended realignment of the coast and eventual decommissioning of Fairbourne. The paper draws on a qualitative research methodology of interviews, policy review and observation to narrate the case and provide key insights and lessons for planners working in environmentally vulnerable coastal settings and managing climate adaptation processes.


Buser, M. (2020). Coastal adaptation planning in Fairbourne, Wales: Lessons for climate change adaptation. Planning Practice and Research, 35(2), 127-147.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 19, 2019
Online Publication Date Feb 6, 2020
Publication Date 2020-03
Deposit Date Dec 13, 2019
Publicly Available Date Aug 7, 2021
Journal Planning Practice and Research
Print ISSN 0269-7459
Electronic ISSN 1360-0583
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 35
Issue 2
Pages 127-147
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