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Report identifies DOC locations vulnerable to coastal flooding

The Risk exposure of Department of Conservation (DOC) coastal locations to flooding from the sea report will guide DOC’s planning and priorities for the management and maintenance of assets such as tracks, campsites, carparks and boardwalks as well as important coastal ecosystems.

DOC Science Advisor and author of the report, Andrew Tait, says scientists predict that sea levels are likely to rise between 0.5-1m by 2100, increasing the risk of coastal flooding caused by high seas.

“High impact waves could overcome natural and built defences, flooding land and waterways with seawater and silt for extended periods.

“The iconic coastal tracks of Abel Tasman National Park are particularly vulnerable and amongst the 119 recreational locations with assets at risk from coastal flooding.

“More than 400 archaeological sites on public conservation land and 300 of DOC’s coastal assets including campgrounds and bridges are at risk.

DOC will now plan for more detailed assessments at a regional level of the direct and indirect impacts of coastal flooding on DOC locations, and the vulnerability of specific assets. DOC will work with Treaty partners and stakeholders such as community groups and concessionaires to assess risk reduction options and build them into its planning processes.

Andrew Tait says managing the effects of climate change is already an important part of DOC’s work.

Read the report