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Title: Coastal Partnerships : Working Together Coastal Partnerships Working Group

Coastal Partnerships Working Together Coastal
Partnerships Working Group
  • Natasha Barker Niall Benson
  • Coastal Partnerships Working Group Committee

  • Rationale for a Coastal Partnerships Working
    Group (CPWG)
  • Terms of Reference
  • CPWG Progress Planned Activities

  • Rationale for a Coastal Partnerships Working
    Group (CPWG)

Rationale for a CPWG (1)
  • Need for a Working Group
  • Partnerships are facilitating or even at the
    forefront of delivering ICZM
  • Timely to inform future development of coastal
  • Benefits of more regular exchange of experience
    and information
  • Avoid duplication of effort (e.g. design of
    Business Plans, SoE reporting) - internal
  • Realise collective potential to achieve stronger
    results (e.g. input to policy) - external
  • Unique role of Partnerships
  • Techniques to deliver ICZM are pioneering
    approaches to deliver sustainable resource
  • Strengthening local governance
  • Providing unique role cross-sectoral, visionary,
    ecosystem/holistic approach, neutral/impartial

Rationale for a CPWG (2)
  • The Need for Coastal Partnerships to Work More
    Closely Together
  • Gain more for effective efficient local
    delivery of plans/strategies ICZM processes
  • Develop consensus to inform ICZM Strategies
    Marine Bill
  • ? Existing mechanisms include CoastNET Forum (3),
    EMS email discussion group, conferences, regional
    Fora (Wales, Scotland, NW England) BUT NO
  • Benefits of Working Together
  • A stronger voice into government
  • Promote uniqueness of our role
  • Share approaches to current issues
  • Support each other
  • Work together on future direction (e.g. model
    framework, utilising research, professional
  • Strengthen the quality of our services.

  • Terms of Reference

  • Terms of Reference
  • Draft Terms of Reference approved at the CoastNET
    annual Partnerships Forum, June 2006
  • Membership of the CPWG
  • Up to 15 Partnership Officers Advisors
  • Invited Observers (e.g. Host, CoastNet, Scotland,
  • Positions
  • Chairman Natasha Barker (Severn Estuary
  • Vice-Chairman Niall Benson (Durham Heritage
  • Secretary Tracey Hewett (Solent Forum)

  • English Coastal Partnerships Working Group (CPWG)
  • Dart Estuary Environmental Management
  • Devon Maritime Forum
  • Dorset Coast Forum
  • Durham Heritage Coast
  • Essex Estuaries Initiative
  • Humber Management Scheme
  • Kent Coast Forum
  • North West Coastal Forum
  • Severn Estuary Partnership
  • Solent Forum
  • Suffolk Coasts Heaths
  • Thames Estuary Partnership
  • Wash Estuary Strategy
  • CoastNET (Observer)
  • Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum/WCMP (Observor)
  • Sefton Council (Advisor)

  • 3. CPWG Progress and Planned Activities

  • 3. CPWG Progress and Planned Activities
  • 1st CPWG meeting (Bristol, May 2006)
  • Shared views to inform Marine Bill consultation
    (May-June 2006)
  • Presented views from the group at CMS conference
    (June 2006)
  • CPWG endorsed by CoastNET annual Partnerships
    Forum (June 2006)
  • Established email groups (CPWG all Coastal
  • Additional meeting on future options for Coastal
    Partnerships (Dorset, July 2006)
  • ICZM framework for local, regional national
  • Funding formula for local, regional national
  • Sharing information views to inform English
    ICZM Strategy Response (August-September 2006)
  • UK-wide map of existing Coastal Partnerships
  • 2nd CPWG meeting (Newcastle, October 2006)
  • LGA Coastal Special Interest Group (December
  • Coastal Futures, 17th January 2006
  • 3rd CPWG meeting (London, January 2007)

The Marine Bill A new shared vision for the
future of our coastal areas, underpinned by
ICZM UK Marine Stewardship Report (2002) The
Marine Bill will provide new legislation that
will enable a new, strategic approach to marine
management, that integrates effectively with what
is already happening on land. Promoting an
integrated approach to management of the coastal
zone (ICZM) in England. DEFRA, June 2006
including the coast?
Managing the land-sea interface
  • Benefits Achievements of Coastal Partnerships
  • Improved communication between stakeholders
  • Increased understanding and awareness of issues
    the capacity of the coastal resource
  • Higher profile for partners from exposure to
    other stakeholders
  • Reaching a wider audience advising on who does
  • Access to a large network of contacts with
    interests in the coastal resource
  • New collaboration opportunities to achieve tasks
    and implement projects
  • Provision of information and advice to enhance
    decision making
  • Better understanding and awareness of data
    availability and knowledge gaps
  • Increased and improved research co-ordination and
    knowledge transfer
  • Assisting with consultation and public awareness
    raising targets
  • Advising on policy and strategy formulation for
    spatial planning and providing new avenues for
    community involvement
  • Facilitating debate and consensus building over
    complex concerns
  • Helping industry to meet their corporate social
    responsibility targets any examples?
  • Leverage of funds from within and beyond the
    coastal area for specific projects and services
  • Often providing a one-stop-shop for queries
    relating to management and use of the coastal
    area if we dont know it, we know who will!
  • Engendering a feeling of a coastal community
    and therefore encouraging sustainable use and
    management in decision-making and everyday

  • Key challenges/limitations of coastal
  • Inconsistent support relying totally on the
    goodwill of partners and can lead to
    inconsistency in service provision
  • Reliance on voluntary support can lead to
    domination of one or more sectors, compromising
    the neutral cross-sectoral goals of a
  • Lack of central government or regional guidance
    and support with limited policy backing and no
    legal underpinning

Views from CPWG 1
  • Partnerships
  • are at the forefront of facilitating
    delivering ICZM
  • are pioneering approaches to deliver sustainable
  • have unique selling points USPs
  • Impartiality
  • Integration across sectors between levels of
  • Raising awareness
  • Horizon scanning
  • Attracting funding for projects services
  • Gateway service for information contacts
  • Filling gaps in management
  • A bottom-up governance mechanism
  • Unique holistic, cross-sectoral long term
    perspective focused
  • on sustainable management.
  • Coastal Estuary Partnerships, Forums,
    Projects, Strategies, Management Groups etc.

Views from CPWG 2
  • ICZM provides the mechanism to bring together
    the existing terrestrial planning system with
    proposed Marine Spatial Planning.
  • Coastal Partnerships have 10-15 years experience
    around much of the UK coast in delivering ICZM
    through the preparation and delivery of coastal
    plans and strategies.
  • The mechanisms to support the ICZM process exist
    through the Partnerships. However, Partnerships
    are supported on a voluntary, ad-hoc basis and
    support is short term (often annual). This has
    limited the effectiveness of partnerships,
    despite many successes.

Views from CPWG 3
  • Partnership Officers are calling for
  • National and regional leadership in ICZM, whilst
    supporting the flexible approaches delivered
    through local partnerships.
  • Legislation to underpin ICZM as policy
    development does not guarantee commitment in the
    long term.
  • A statutory duty (not power) to be placed on
    local authorities, statutory agencies and other
    competent authorities to engage in and deliver
  • Recognition of the achievements of Partnerships
    to date and opportunities to build on successes.

ICZM STRATEGY Coastal Partnerships Working Group
  • National (Government Role/MMO?) leadership and
  • Strategic Direction, oversees delivery of ICZM
    Strategy and coastal elements of Marine
    Bill/coordinate statutory agencies/establish
    indicators and monitoring
  • Sub-national (MMO?) regional seas coordination
    of ICZM delivery
  • Operates at Regional Seas level (alongside MSP
    unit?), interprets ICZM policy, promotes ICZM
    regional, regional information hub, coordinates
    regional research
  • Sub-regional network for coordinating local
  • Network provision for practitioners, topic
    groups, briefings for local delivery teams
  • Local delivery units outreach, involves,
    resolves at local level
  • Public engagement local issues and conflict
    resolution outreach, identifies problems,
    undertakes CZM project work
  • Either estuary officer positions or local
    delivery officers sited within sub-region

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Issues for Discussion
  • Legal underpinning for ICZM the most
    appropriate mechanism?
  • Local authorities support for coastal
    partnerships statutory/non-statutory
  • Levels of ICZM delivery national, regional,
    sub-regional, local
  • Levels of MSP delivery regional seas /
    administrative boundaries and addressing the
    land-sea interface
  • Nested plans and position of coastal partnerships
  • Areas of strategic national importance to
    prioritise resources towards permanent mechanisms
    to enable co-operative management (from LGA ICZM
    Strategy response)
  • Role of the English Coastal Forum
  • Role of a Coastal Commission
  • Corporate responsibility (e.g. INCA)
  • Cost-benefit analysis of the coastal partnership
  • ?Recommendations from LGA for CPWG

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
committed citizens can change the world sustain
the coast?. Indeed, its the only thing that
ever has.Margaret Mead, American
anthropologist and writer
The Partnership approach works
  • Thank You
  • Natasha Barker1 Niall Benson2
  • Coastal Partnerships Working Group
  • 1 /natasha.barker_at_btopenworld
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