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Coastal Erosion and Shoreline Management

Cornwall Council has responsibilities as the Coastal Protection Authority under the Coast Protection Act (1949).

The Environment Agency is the Risk Management Authority (RMA) responsible for managing flood risks from the sea but Cornwall Council is the RMA with main responsibility for managing coastal erosion, with the Environment Agency taking a more strategic overview role.

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The main policy document for the future management of the coast is the Shoreline Management Plan (SMP). The SMP implementation, governance and further development of the SMP is managed by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Coastal Advisory Group (CISCAG).

CISCAG, in turn, reports to the South West Coast Group, which represents authorities and organisations with responsibility for coastal management from Dorset, around the coast of Cornwall and up to Somerset.  This in turn reports to the South West Regional Flood and Coastal Comnmittee, which reports to Central Government through DEFRA.

Please use the links on the left for more information on CISCAG and to access the content of the Shoreline Management Plan.