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Title: Environmental considerations and priorities in relation to rural seawall policies in Essex : a preliminary study of land use. Volume 1
Author: Andrew St. Joseph
Document Type: Monograph
Annotation: EA additional title info: Volume 1
This report examines environmental considerations in relation to 225 km of sea defences protecting 14,590 ha of low-lying farmland. The reclaimed land is divided into 58 non-residential sections by intervening high land or counter walls. The sections have a mean area of 251 ha, but there are 26 under 100 ha. On average, 1000 m of sea defence protects 65 ha. Rising sea levels and eroding saltmarsh are likely to cause a significant increase in sea defence costs at a time when costs are already under review because of falling land values and agricultural returns. Given EC reforms, there is no likelihood of an increase in agricultural subsidies large enough to provide justification for continuing the policy of defend everything at any cost.
Publisher: National Rivers Authority
Publication Date: 1992
Publication Place: Peterborough
Subject Keywords: Farm managementSea levelDefence mechanismsLand coverLand managementErosion
Geographic Keywords: Essex
Extent: 60
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