Types of Coastal Partnership

Although not all the groups which can be found through our interactive map are classed as traditional ‘Coastal Partnerships’, they do offer certain services within coastal management. Unlike true Coastal Partnerships which depend on Partnership funding, other groups such as Coastal Groups, European Marine Site (EMS) management groups and AONBs have their own statutory funding.

The types of Coastal Partnership for this search function represent the geographic scope of each Partnership. Below are brief descriptions and examples of each.

1. Site-based (including EMS)
Site-based CPs work within a local area, with direct communication links to the local communities. The majority of site-based CPs are the ‘traditional’ Coastal Partnerships which aim to bring together all sectors to advocate sustainable management of an estuary or coastal zone based on ICZM principles, for example, Estuary Partnerships. This category also includes European Marine Sites (EMS), with management schemes in place to ensure statutory organisations’ functions are exercised so as to secure site compliance in relation to the requirements of the Habitats Directive.

2. Landscape scale
Such CPs cover or relate to a landscape. Examples of these include AONBs, which can be a partnership or initiative set up to manage a designated landscape in the coastal zone. Although AONBs are not classed as ‘true’ CPs themselves, they sometimes encompass the work of several CPs, such as Estuary Partnerships.

3. County wide
CPs whose work covers a County, for example, County wide Maritime or Coastal Forums.

4. Regional
CPs which cover an entire Region, for example, Regional Maritime/Coastal Forums (which are classed as ‘true CPs’) and Regional Coastal Groups. Coastal Groups tend to be single interest groups, focussing on areas such as coastal defence or Shoreline Management Planning.

5. National
Those which cover the national area, for example, Scottish Coastal Forum.

Types of Coastal Partnership

Although not all the groups which can be found through our interactive map are classed as traditional ‘Coastal Partnerships’, they do offer certain services within coastal management. Unlike true Coastal Partnerships which depend on Partnership funding, other groups such as Coastal Groups, European Marine Site (EMS) management groups and AONBs have their own statutory funding.

The types of Coastal Partnership for this search function represent the geographic scope of each Partnership. Below are brief descriptions and examples of each.

1. Site-based (including EMS)

Site-based CPs work within a local area, with direct communication links to the local communities. The majority of site-based CPs are the ‘traditional’ Coastal Partnerships which aim to bring together all sectors to advocate sustainable management of an estuary or coastal zone based on ICZM principles, for example, Estuary Partnerships. This category also includes European Marine Sites (EMS), with management schemes in place to ensure statutory organisations’ functions are exercised so as to secure site compliance in relation to the requirements of the Habitats Directive.

2. Landscape scale

Such CPs cover or relate to a landscape. Examples of these include AONBs, which can be a partnership or initiative set up to manage a designated landscape in the coastal zone. Although AONBs are not classed as ‘true’ CPs themselves, they sometimes encompass the work of several CPs, such as Estuary Partnerships.

3. County wide

CPs whose work covers a County, for example, County wide Maritime or Coastal Forums.

4. Regional

CPs which cover an entire Region, for example, Regional Maritime/Coastal Forums (which are classed as ‘true CPs’) and Regional Coastal Groups. Coastal Groups tend to be single interest groups, focussing on areas such as coastal defence or Shoreline Management Planning.

5. National

Those which cover the national area, for example, Scottish Coastal Forum.


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