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Int'l - Coastline threat from climate change to be assessed

The threat of climate change to the island’s coastal areas will be assessed as part of a blueprint for future development.

The threat of climate change to the island’s coastal areas will be assessed as part of a blueprint for future development.

Walter Roban, the Minister of Home Affairs, said the Bermuda Plan 2018, which replaced the Bermuda Plan 2008, was a balancing act created to conserve open areas but allow sufficient development potential to meet the country’s needs.

He was speaking as the Plan, which details zoning to help manage the island’s built and natural environment, was passed in the House of Assembly on Friday.

Mr Roban said that some of the biggest changes in the 2018 Plan included the rezoning of 20 acres of conservation land to tourism for the St Regis hotel.

Mr Roban said the Planning Tribunal that had overseen the process has recommended that a new coastal study should be carried out to gauge the potential threat of climate change.

He added: “It was specifically noted that there is continuing development pressures on coastal areas.

“As such, the impacts of climate change on Bermuda’s shores must be comprehensively assessed to determine the continued viability of development along the coastline.”

Mr Roban said that the suggestion was supported by the ministry and would work well with the efforts to develop a marine management plan for the island.

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