Effects of climate change will be discussed at Exe Estuary Forum

PUBLISHED: 15:08 10 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:46 10 June 2010

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10 - Residents will get a chance to air their views and ideas on the effects of climate change on the Exe Estuary at the Exe Estuary Forum.

RESIDENTS will get a chance to air their views and ideas on the effects of climate change on the Exe Estuary at the Exe Estuary Forum.

The meeting, on Wednesday, October 22, will be open to the public and led by experts, and will consider which areas are most at risk, what could happen to wildlife and what the response should be.

The Exe Estuary Management Partnership, a coalition of local councils, has said with an increasing sea level and a warmer and wetter climate, there will be substantial changes to the estuary's form, the wildlife that it supports and how it is managed.

Exe Estuary Officer Jennifer Lockett said: "Perhaps people would like to see a heritage trail around the Exe, a virtual web tour or just a simple leaflet.

"By increasing awareness of the heritage and diversity of the Exe we can better understand what needs to be done for its protection and ensure that the site is highly valued by all."

Experts will be giving a presentation on climate change issues followed by an overview of the studies that are taking place now in order to attempt to prepare for the future.

After the presentations there will be a choice of four workshops where people can examine issues relevant to the estuary in more detail and contribute their ideas and comments.

Two of the workshops will focus closely on the themes of the presentations and will discuss how changes can be planned for and what local communities can do to prepare for the inevitable change.

The other two workshops will examine how the Exe Estuary should be interpreted with people invited to put forward their ideas on how the history and wildlife of the Exe should be presented to raise awareness of this site.

The forum will be held in the council chamber at Devon County Hall, Topsham Road, from 6.15pm to 9pm.

To book a place at the meeting, contact the Exe Estuary Officer on (01392)382236. For more information visit the Exe Estuary website at www.exe-estuary.org

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