Skip to main content

First UK climate change refugees expected from Welsh village

by Futures Centre, Jul 1
1 minute read

The village of Fairbourne, on the coast of Barmouth Bay in Wales, is expected to become abandoned soon as a result of climate change. The rising sea levels have now become uncontrollable, according to the Gwynedd Council, and will most likely lead to the first ever climate change refugees in Britain. Within the next two decades, a task force led by the Council will begin evacuating the village, which is home to 850 residents, and the land will be returned into a tidal salt marsh.

3244705216_ed73d1cb7e_b

Due to the flat terrain, low lying aspect and elevated water table, Fairbourne is prone to flooding and is therefore protected by a sea wall, earth banks and a network of drainage channels. In 2014, The Fairbourne Moving Forward Project Board, led by Gwynedd Council where Natural Resources Wales (NRW) was a member, had intended to defend the village for a period of 40 years. Defences of the village were also recently improved through a £6.8m scheme. However, the council is facing a shortfall of £13m and has decided that it can no longer afford to defend the village.

Details

by Futures Centre Spotted 1929 signals

Have you spotted a signal of change?

Register to receive the latest from the Futures Centre.
Sign up

  • 0
  • Share

Related signals

Our use of cookies

We use necessary cookies to make our site work. We'd also like to set optional analytics cookies to help us improve it. We won't set optional cookies unless you enable them. Using this tool will set a cookie on your device to remember your preferences.

For more detailed information about the cookies we use, see our Cookies page.

Necessary cookies

Necessary cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility. You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions.

Analytics cookies

We'd like to set Google Analytics cookies to help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information on how you use it. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone. For more information on how these cookies work, please see our 'Cookies page'.

>