Contents Who are Natural England? Natural England and the coast Natural England’s long term vision for the coast Using the vision to shape our work How we use projections of future change Strategic thinking over long timescales Limitations to long term sustainable management Conclusions
Who are Natural England? Our remit The government’s advisor on the natural environment. Ensure sustainable stewardship of the land and sea so that people and nature can thrive. It is our responsibility to see that England’s rich natural environment can adapt and survive intact for future generations to enjoy. Image from Windygap.co.uk
Natural England’s Long Term Vision for the coast Management should focus on the development of a dynamic environment resilient to the action of coastal processes and sea level rise. Sediment supply is vital for healthy coastal systems and needs to be managed. Natural Change is acceptable on designated sites- even if this results in a change to designated features. Image courtesy of Sue Rees
How we use the vision to shape current delivery Involvement with shoreline management planning and input to government planning guidance SSSI boundaries need to be robust to coastal change- a 50yr boundary Review of NNR Management plans, embedding coastal and climate change into site management for 100 year period. Coastal access- rollback of the trail.
Strategic thinking over long timescales Limited to a 50-100 year perspective due to planning timeframes (e.g. SMP’s) and “certainty” of data Decisions need to be evidenced based Image Environment Agency
Limitations to long term sustainable management Uncertainties in longer term change predictions Perceptionsof coastal change- “It can and should be defended” Difference of opinion- differing reasons why people use the coast The “value” of nature conservation Lack of understanding of the wider benefits of coastal sites Photograph Neil A White
Conclusions Natural England accept that coastal change is a reality Climate change is likely to result in further challenges in managing the coast Our vision needs to be evidenced based and so is limited to a 100 year time frame. Constraints are around communication and value of conservation Image Dave Caulkin/AP Image from English Heritage