Coastal Erosion and Shoreline Management


Cornwall Council as the 'Coastal Protection Authority' is responsible under the Coast Protection Act (1949).

As Risk Management Authorities:

  • The Environment Agency manages flood risks from the sea and
  • Cornwall Council manages coastal erosion. With the Environment Agency playing a strategic overview role

The Shoreline Management Plan (SMP)

The main policy document for the future management of the coast is the Shoreline Management Plan (SMP).

The SMP implementation, governance and further development is managed by Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Coastal Advisory Group (CISCAG).  CISCAG reports to the South West Coast Group.

The South West Coast Group represent coastal management authorities and organisations from Dorset, around Cornwall's coast and up to Somerset.  They then report to the South West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee. Which then report to Central Government through DEFRA. 

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