Nature conservation for future sustainable shorelines: Lessons from seeking to involve the public

Milligan, Jessica, O'Riordan, Tim, Nicholson-Cole, Sophie and Watkinson, Andrew R. (2009) Nature conservation for future sustainable shorelines: Lessons from seeking to involve the public. Land Use Policy, 26 (2). pp. 203-213. ISSN 1873-5754

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The soft coastline of eastern England is dynamic, with much of it subject to the risk of erosion or flooding. A number of internationally important coastal nature conservation sites are under threat. This paper explores the character and reasoning behind changing coastal management policies and governance practices in England. It reveals how Natural England is tackling these changes, notably with regard to establishing reconstituted nature conservation sites and re-designed coastlines. Such an approach requires the close involvement of policy leaders, agency officers, local maritime authorities and local residents. This paper explains how participatory processes play a critical role in the design of new coastlines that are ecologically and geomorphologically sustainable yet enable local communities to survive and flourish. A case study involving a visioning exercise at Winterton-on-Sea in Norfolk, UK, highlights the many practical difficulties around planning for the uncertain future of internationally important nature conservation sites, and local economies and communities. Future moves toward sustainable coastal alignments will have to involve a wide mix of public and civic bodies, as well as local communities, and will be underpinned by risk-based planning and well-researched adaptation and relocation arrangements.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: nature conservation,stakeholder engagement,participatory shoreline planning,coastal management,sustainable coastal governance
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
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Depositing User: Rosie Cullington
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2011 10:47
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2020 23:39
DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2008.01.004

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