Motion S5M-18354: Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 25/07/2019

Scottish Coastal Heritage at Risk Project

That the Parliament notes with concern that coastal erosion is one of the biggest natural threats to cultural heritage sites on the Scottish coastline; understands that around £400 million of property and infrastructure is estimated to be at risk; acknowledges the challenge to continually monitor coastlines to assess damage, particularly in difficult-to-reach locations; commends the SCAPE Trust at the University of St Andrews for developing and managing the Scotland's Coastal Heritage at Risk Project (SCHARP), which empowers local volunteers to identify, monitor and record instances of coastal erosion, raising awareness of coastlines that are threatened by the effects of climate change; understands that SCHARP was funded by a grant from Historic Environment Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund and has won a British Archaeological Award an unprecedented three times; further understands that over 1,000 volunteers have carried out condition surveys on threatened sites, which involves providing crucial research, organising events and highlighting to the public where vulnerable sites are located and interventions to rescue information are required; notes that the Meur Burnt Mound on the island of Sanday in Orkney is a good example, where the community successfully moved eroding structures and rebuilt them at the local heritage centre in Lady Village; thanks everyone who has been involved with SCHARP for their dedication to protecting Scotland's heritage sites and improving the understanding of coastal erosion to date but recognises that over 60% of Scotland's coastline still needs to be surveyed, and encourages more members of the public to find out about the work of the SCAPE Trust in their local community and consider getting involved with SCHARP to help tackle the serious problem of coastal erosion.

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