In a plea to minimise the impact of climate change, Wales will be analysed as part of a five-year EU-funded project, a plan that will cost close to £3m. Said to be invested in new excavations, marine mapping and landscape modelling, the islands off Pembrokeshire and the Llyn Peninsula in Gwynedd are the main areas of focus, with erosion and rising sea levels in Wales being the catalyst for such interest.
The project is said to be led by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, roping in the help of Aberystwyth University, the Discovery Programme: Centre for Archaeology and Innovation Ireland and Geological Survey, Ireland.
Displaying the need for a more strategic approach to climate change prevention, Welsh Government are eager to ensure minimal pressure on local economies.
A Welsh Government spokesperson has welcomed such projects, saying it will take time to consider plans and understand the need for more climate change plans as a whole. Promising to already have their finger on the pulse, the spokesperson said:
“We are aware of the importance of building resilience in our homes and communities, which is why we are taking measures to better protect these from the affects of climate change in the future.
“For example, we are investing almost £55m in flood defences this year alone.
“We have also strengthened legislation through our Environment (Wales) Act and Well-being of Future Generations Act to reduce the impacts of climate change and ensure the long-term risk from climate change are considered in decisions made by public bodies.”