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The Greater Thames Estuary is a highly populated and busy part of the UK, and its coastline would benefit from better coordination across the land and sea interface. Management and resilience planning across the Thames Estuary tends to be landward facing, often not accounting for the Greater Thames Estuary complex as a whole system. Much is being done to take a proactive response to climate resilience planning and flood risk management, but these plans generally do not consider the estuarine and marine natural assets or the ecological connectivity between habitats that contribute to natural capital, nor the coastal community needs. As a result, Marine Natural Capital is not accounted for, and Nature Recovery Strategies and Biodiversity Net Gain options missing the opportunity to enhance the coastal/marine environment.


The Thames Estuary Partnership (TEP) has an established GIS platform currently dedicated to providing a strategic approach to improve river connectivity for migratory fish (Greater Thames Estuary Fish Migration Roadmap). Building on this GIS platform, we propose to evolve it to become a Roadmap to Climate Resilience (RTCC) by including data:

  • To identify opportunity areas across the land and sea interface along the Thames Estuary that will support climate resilience;

  • To understand the opportunities for social and economic sustainable development aligned with restored areas.






The objective of the Roadmap to Climate Resilience project is to undertake a strategy, organisation & stakeholder mapping exercise and build a platform to visualise the current organisational spread and highlight the gaps in coverage. This will help us understand the full range of organisational, governmental and community activities across the Thames Estuary to inform future ways of working and will also help inform a credible model for investment in habitat creation.

Once developed, the GIS platform will include all enhancement needs, development opportunity areas and climate resilience data and will act as a one-stop shop for decision makers:

  • To enable a more integrated and targeted approach for riverside planning and development that also contributes to climate resilience;

  • To enable a strategic and whole system approach ensuring that habitat enhancement happens where it is needed with full stakeholder and public buy-in rather than opportunistically;

  • To enable opportunities for using the platform for public engagement which could lead to enhanced stewardship through climate and ocean literacy.




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