An examination of the institutional frameworks for shoreline management in England

Hines, Jennifer (2010) An examination of the institutional frameworks for shoreline management in England. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This study is concerned with the effectiveness and appropriateness of the existing institutional frameworks for the provision and management of coastal defence and protection in England. It specifically explores whether the advent of the Environment Agency’s strategic overview role for the coast has been successful, and whether the current statutory and organisational approaches are suitable for the future. A comprehensive review of available literature provides the background to the study and examines the theories and concepts of past statutory, non-statutory, and organisational approaches. The drivers and events which led to the formation of the existing framework are also presented. Using research collected during twelve face-to-face, semi-structured interviews with the key operating authorities responsible for delivering shoreline management, conclusions and recommendations are drawn on the successes, failings and opportunities for improvement. Analysis and evaluation of the research findings highlight key areas for improvement in both the organisational and statutory components. Notably these are related to the
    divide in legislation and operational level activities between the different operators concerned with defence against flooding and protection against erosion. Whilst the strategic overview role has been a success, the research enabled the development of a proposed new management model which streamlines and simplifies the existing arrangements through creating a new Shoreline Management Act. The study concludes that, although not panacea, the development of a new Act would be a significant step forward in achieving a fully integrated and clarified position with regard to shoreline management activities and responsibilities.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2011 16:57
    Last Modified: 24 Jul 2015 11:21

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