Many stakeholders, multiple perspectives: Long-term planning for a future coast

Sophie A. Day, Tim O'Riordan, Jessica Bryson, Peter Frew, Robert Young

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Current planning for the future of coastal zones in England is occurring at a time of great change and uncertainty. Alongside the expectation of increased storminess and impending sea-level rise associated with climate change, coastal decision-making is subject to a whole host of institutional shifts and the legacy of past coastal management decisions. Changing official policy, administrative arrangements and jurisdictions, the need to create conditions for community involvement and local and national level budgetary constraints are all issues in the melting pot. This chapter summarises recent and current decision-making practice as it applies to Norfolk, UK, and suggests how coastal management for a changing coastline may generally become more adaptive, socially fair and effectively implemented. In Norfolk, coastal change is a complex and emotive issue, the management of which has evolved significantly over the last two decades. This chapter specifi- cally addresses the ways in which national, regional and local stakeholder interests have interacted during this tumultuous time in North Norfolk to negotiate pathways for adapting to coastal change. The case example presented in this chapter, and more broadly in this book, illustrates that there are social limits and barriers, which hinder the conditions most likely to enable progressively more adaptive coastal governance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBroad Scale Coastal Simulation: New Techniques to Understand and Manage Shorelines in the Third Millennium
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)9789400752580, 9789400752573
Publication statusPublished - 26 Aug 2015


  • Adaptive coastal governance
  • Coastal change
  • Stakeholder engagement

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