Exploring the Benefits of a Regional Approach to Coastal Coordination in North West England – Summary Report Available

The North West Coastal Forum has been leading a Regional Demonstration Project to explore the benefits of a regional approach to coastal coordination in North West England. This is one of a series of Regional Demonstration Projects taking place across England as part of the ‘A National Framework Championing Coastal Coordination’ project led by Coastal Partnerships Network (CPN) and supported by the Championing Coastal Coordination (3Cs) fund*.

Established for over 20 years the Forum is well placed to test and evaluate the value of regional coastal coordination. The project was designed to explore perspectives on the benefits and opportunities of, and risks and challenges to, a regional approach to coastal coordination, including a review of the role and value of the North West Coastal Forum and the opportunities and challenges it faces. In addition, work has taken place to explore mechanisms around coastal information sharing.

Work undertaken included:

  1. NWCF Management Board and key stakeholder organisations review and workshop to explore benefits / value / risks of regional coastal coordination mechanisms such as NWCF and any issues thrown up by the need for cross border governance with Scotland and Wales; discover any changes needed to ensure NWCF is fit for the future and collate thoughts on key questions to inform the development of the national framework.
  2. A collaborative coastal projects workshop to bring together 3Cs projects and other coastal projects in the region and explore questions relating to 3Cs project deliverables – local, regional and national, and future opportunities for working better together.
  3. Piloting and testing the value of a ‘What’s Happening on the North West Coast’ online resource pulling together key policies and strategic plans, projects and partnerships.

The findings from all the work undertaken are summarised in the full Regional Demonstration Project report which will be available on request, and are given, in brief in the Executive Summary below. 

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Additional information, such as the What’s Happening on the North West Coast online resource and the Collaborative Coastal Projects in North West England workshop presentations and workshop report are also available to download from this site – see the separate news items on those or the Current Projects page for more information.

*Championing Coastal Coordination (3Cs) is an Environment Agency initiative with support from Natural England, the Marine Management Organisation and the Association of Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities. It is a collaboration seeking to explore how to enhance and progress coordination for coastal sustainability and resilience in England. 

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