Coastal partnerships have been active in developing, delivering and managing coastal areas for a number of years. They represent experienced and diverse hubs at strategic locations around the coast of the UK. While the UK-wide geographical coverage of these partnerships is not entirely complete, they have generally developed in areas of intense land and marine activity where there are high levels of potential for conflict between stakeholders and users.
A newly published report, commissioned from the Coastal Partnerships Network, which includes contributions from 40 English partnerships provides a technical analysis of the levels of activity and engagement within coastal partnerships. It also maps their spatial coverage around England in relation to marine plan areas.
The report also provides the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing partnership working in each marine plan area. The main services delivered by coastal partnerships include stakeholder engagement, information dissemination, input to coastal and marine planning, policy and legislation, and facilitation.
With the information available through the report, the Marine Management Organisation can now explore opportunities for coastal partnerships to contribute to the marine planning process and overall sustainable management of our marine areas.