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National Trust call for urgent action to save Welsh coastline

The National Trust claims that three-quarters of the Welsh coastline it owns will be under threat in the next century, and that politicians must plan for advancing seas.
The National Trust, which owns around one-sixth of the Welsh coastline, says that if climate change predictions are correct, then it could lose huge tracts of land.Iwan Huws, National Trust Director for Wales, said, 'The challenges facing the National Trust provide a snapshot of how sea level rise and climate change will affect the whole of Wales.'We have started to prepare for and adapt to the changing nature of the coastline, something that all levels of Government and Government Agencies in Wales should be focusing on now as part of a coordinated response to climate change,' he said.The National Trust says it wants government to raise public awareness of shrinking coastlines, make decision-making easier, accommodate natural processes, and find new financial tools to help communities and the environment.'Over the next few decades, flooding and erosion caused by sea level rise and more frequent storms appears inevitable. No one in Wales is more than 50 miles from the shore, and tourism is particularly dependent on our wonderful coast. Like King Canute, we can't control the ocean and command it to retreat. Instead we must plan how to adapt to a future of advancing seas. The first step is to raise awareness of what is at stake,' said Huws.

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