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Dorset Coast Forum

C/o Environment Services, Dorset County Council
Colliton Park

Contact: Bridget Betts
Tel: 01305 224760
Fax: 01305 224835

Type of partnership: Neutral, broad-based and honest broker role.
Marine Plan Area: 8. South West Inshore

The Dorset Coast Forum is an established Strategic Coastal Partnership made up of over 220 public, private and voluntary member organisations. Its diverse membership includes the fishing, commercial, environmental, recreational, historical and tourism sectors who, as a whole, have expertise and local knowledge of Dorset's coast and inshore waters.
The Dorset Coast Forums overriding aim is to promote a sustainable approach to the management, use and development of Dorset's coast and inshore waters. It does this through its Dorset Coast Strategy, encouraging collaborative working, sharing of information and data, together with providing key links at Regional, National and European levels.
The Dorset Coast Forum covers from Lyme Regis to Christchurch out to 12 nautical miles. The Dorset Coast Forum team is hosted by Dorset County Council and funded by:
Weymouth and Portland Borough Council
Borough of Poole
Environment Agency
Natural England
Wessex Water
Dorset Wildlife Trust
Dorset County Council
West Dorset District Council

Core ServicesAdditional Services
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Provision of network opportunities
  • Facilitation role
  • Communication - dissemination of the relevant information
  • Community engagement and awareness raising
  • Informing coastal/maritime planning, policy, legislation and strategy
  • Providing a central point of contact for coastal issues
  • Promote collaborative working
  • Provision of an up to date database
  • Commisioning of delivering relevant research
  • Provision of coastal services
  • Education
  • Marine planning
  • Habitat management
  • Pathfinder project
  • Community projects
  • Strategy/management planning
  • Partnership working, project delivery, fundraising
Core PurposesDesignations
  • Integrated planning and management of the coast (ICZM)
  • Business and commercial support.
  • Recreation and tourism.
  • Influencing policy and legislation.
  • To assist agencies and authorities in carrying out their function on the coast.
  • To provide a broadly based consultative forum on the coast.
  • AONB
  • Local Nature Reserve
  • SSSI
  • SPA
  • SAC
  • MCZ
  • European Marine Set
  • Ramsar Site
  • Marine Nature Reserve
  • World Heritage Site

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