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NATURAL MEANS PROPOSED TO DEFEND COASTAL AREAS

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Agriculture Secretary Gillian Shephard told the Association of District Council yesterday that natural defences suc...
Agriculture Secretary Gillian Shephard told the Association of District Council yesterday that natural defences such as marshes will be used where possible to protect coastlines, reports The Guardian (p6).

'Natural river and coastal processes should only be disrupted by the construction of defence works where life or important natural or man- made assets are at risk,' said Ms Shepherd.

Flood warning systems and urban defences would have first call on the £300 million a year spent on coastal defences, says the paper. The government has proposed coastal defence groups, including local authorities and interest groups, to develop shoreline management plans for long stretches of coastline.
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