A consultation document ‘Promoting an integrated approach to management of the coastal zone (ICZM) in England’ was published by Defra on 12 June 2006. The initial three-month consultation period was due to end on 12 September 2006, but was extended to 29 September 2006 following several stakeholder requests for an extension due to difficulties preparing responses in the summer months.
The purpose of the document was to gather views from a range of individuals and organisations with an interest in the coast in order to enable government departments to adopt a sensible approach in this area. Views were invited on 14 separate questions. The questions covered areas relating to:
Stocktake: Summary of findings.
Our vision for coastal management.
Proposed action to implement an ICZM approach;
Policy and strategic direction
Planning and decision making
Coastal Partnerships and Forums
Data and information
Public awareness, education and participation
The consultation document and a list of the consultees to which the papers were sent can be found at http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/iczm-strategy/index.htm. The documents were also sent to a number of organisations and individuals known as interested parties.
During the consultation period Defra attended and gave presentations on the consultation at a series of events around England. At these events we entered into open discussions, answered questions and further explained the purpose and aims of this consultation. Defra would like to thank all the organisations and individuals involved in organising these events.
Annual Partnership Forum. Held in London. 40 Delegates. Organised by CoastNET with partial Defra sponsorship. 20 June 2006.
Teign Estuary Partnership Event. 45 Delegates Held in Newton Abbot, Devon. Organised Teign Estuary Partnership. 17 August
The North West Regional Coastal Conference. 100 Delegates. Held in Kendal, Cumbria. Organised by Northwest Coastal Forum. 7 September 2006.
North Yorkshire and Cleveland Coastal Forum. 44 Delegates. Held in Saltburn By The Sea, North Yorkshire. Organised by the North Yorkshire and Cleveland Coastal Forum. 20 September 2006.