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Norfolk faces a series of challenges in an era of climate change and fast altering global financial and political conditions.

It is a low-lying county with an easily eroded coastline and a growing population. It is particularly vulnerable to coastal erosion, flooding and, as one of the driest parts of the UK, vulnerable to water shortages. Many rural villages do not have access to mains gas and depend on oil for heating. Car dependence is high, due to lack of public transport and the problems of getting to services, such as doctors and shops where public transport is limitied.

All of these issues have serious implications for the survival of many rural communities into the 21st century. They affect homes, livelihoods and the well-being of our population, as well as wildlife and landscapes.

Sustainable communities are those which can overcome these challenges and remain viable.

New challenges can bring new opportunities and Norfolk RCC is working with rural communities in sectors such as renewable energy, low carbon technology, local food and environamental conservation and enhancement.

Many communities and groups we work with want to care for their village and surrounding area, improve their environment and help wildlife. Norfolk RCC has produced an online toolkit, with the help of the University of East Anglia, which provides information and practical help. From village ponds, to churchyards, wildlife audits to major projects. Help is here.

Please follow the link to the Sense of Place Toolkit:

Sense of place toolkit

For more information on Environmental issues affecting Norfolk please follow this link:

Environmental Issues

Energy Project 2010-2013

We are working in partnership with Calor and National Energy Action (NEA) as part of the Future of Rural Energy England (FREE) programme. FREE is a three year project aimed at off-mains-gas-grid communities across England. FREE provides practical independent advice and information to residents regarding fuel choices, energy efficient technologies and carbon reduction measures. To help identify key energy issues and find potential solutions in rural Norfolk, Great Ryburgh and Little Ryburgh residents took part in an energy survey. The report, produced by NEA, Ryburgh Energy Report 2011-2012 can be downloaded here.

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