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Managing the effects of climate change on New Zealand's coastal heritage

The world’s coastal heritage is under severe threat of destruction from a range of natural processes and human activities. One of the most broad-ranging threats is from the impact of sea-level rise, which has averaged about 100 mm a year for the last 250 years. The potential impacts of climate change only add to this threat.

We are working in several regions to provide an assessment of threats and management options. SPAR is currently working with the Department of Conservation, Environment Southland, Te Ao Marama, and Heritage New Zealand on the Southland Coastal Heritage Inventory Project (SCHIP). This project has been running for ten years and is the largest coastal heritage management programme ever carried out in New Zealand.

SCHIP fieldwork

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