The Promoting Adaptation to Changing Coasts project (PACCo) is set to hold a series of webinars to share what’s been learned so far by the project’s two pilot sites – the Lower Otter Valley in Devon, England and Saâne Valley in Normandy, France.
The PACCo team are inviting all those working within the environmental, construction, civil, and public sectors, and anyone wanting to take a tour and find out more about the project, to register for the webinars, taking place on Wednesday 12 October and Wednesday 7 December, 2022.
PACCo is a cross-border initiative financially supported by the Interreg VA France (Channel) England programme. It has a total value of €26m, with €17.8m coming from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The first, ‘PACCo: A Virtual Tour of the Lower Otter Restoration Project’ will take place on Wednesday 12 October, 1.00pm-2.30pm, and take attendees on an exclusive tour of the Lower Otter site in Devon.
Utilising the latest drone footage, the session will show the transforming landscape and progress of the project as it is being delivered. It will be led by the Environment Agency and Clinton Devon Estates with the opportunity for discussion at the end of the webinar.
The second webinar, ‘PACCo – Natural Capital and Socio-economics’ will take place on Wednesday 7 December, 1.00pm-2.30pm, and provides a chance to learn more about PACCo’s work on natural capital and socio-economics. The session will look at early findings for both sites, and the potential ecological and economic benefits to their communities, wildlife, and the environment beyond.
Led by the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust / Clinton Devon Estates and the Conservatoire du Littoral Normandie, there will also be a short informal discussion on attendees’ thoughts on the findings at the end of the session.
Mike Williams of the Environment Agency said: “We hope to see all those with a passion for the environment and keen interest in the role that habitat restoration has in climate change adaptation at our upcoming webinars.
“A big aim of the PACCo project is to share learning, start conversations and inspire action. Our guests will get to know more about PACCo and the Lower Otter Restoration Project from the comfort of their desk and have the opportunity to learn and ask questions about natural capital, and how we can help our coasts and estuaries to adapt better to the challenges brought by climate change.”
The PACCo project will reconnect the Otter Estuary in Devon and Saâne Estuary in Normandy to their historic floodplains whilst making infrastructure more resilient and restoring 100 hectares of historically modified coastal wetland.
The restoration of these landscapes to a more natural state will create landscapes better able to cope with future changes, providing lasting benefits for people and wildlife alike.
To register to attend the webinars, please visit:
12 October – ‘PACCo: A Virtual Tour of the Lower Otter Restoration Project’:
7 December – ‘PACCo – Natural Capital and Socio-economics’:
Both webinars will be available with French interpretation.
Further details of the project can be found at: www.pacco-interreg.com