Coastal Communities Adapting to Change (CCATCH - the Solent) was part of a larger European funded project that has been led by the Environment Agency called ‘Coastal Communities 2150 and Beyond’ (CC2150)'. Hampshire County Council led the CCATCH project, which also included the Environment Agency, Natural England, Solent coastal authorities, Channel Coastal Observatory and the Solent Forum. The Solent Forum also helped to implement the work programme for CCATCH.
The ‘CCATCH - the Solent’ project focussed on six discrete stretches of coast around the Solent and involved all sectors of the community via Local Engagement Groups. Key questions addressed were:
Community involvement was vital to make sure that views were heard and knowledge shared. There were opportunities for local people to get involved via workshops, public exhibitions, education programmes and demonstrations of resilience measures.
Six sites were chosen that reflect a range of different communities and issues.
Each community was encouraged to develop a vision for the area and agree an Adaptation Plan to take forward agreed actions for the short, medium and long terms. A coastal Adaptation Plan helps the community adapt to future change, thereby reducing the negative and enhancing the beneficial consequences of coastal change.