About the NE Kent European marine sites Management Scheme

The Management Scheme in a cockle shell!

The Thanet coast is internationally important for its bird and marine life and deserves the highest protection possible. But the coast is also important for many other reasons – thousands of people live there and many thousands more visit each year.

Everything we do has an effect on the coastline and the Scheme was established to monitor that effect, by looking at each activity and examining whether it harmed the important coastal features and wildlife and what to do about it. The scheme was developed at a series of workshops, involving those who participated in the various activities making decisions about the future management of the coastline!


The original Management Scheme was launched in 2001 and ran until 2006. The scheme included an action plan in which all the ‘Relevant Authorities’ were responsible for implementing the action - with progress updated each year. The main philosophy of the scheme was to use stakeholder concensus building techniques and try a voluntary approach to management wherever possible. This scheme launched a new coastal wildlife project (Thanet Coast Project), develop a set of voluntary coastal codes, work with local people (voluntary Coastal Wardens scheme),  and the setting up of a new Advisory Group.    

Revisions & new Action Plans

The Scheme was reviewed using stakeholder dialogue workshops during 2006 and incorporated a wider 'ecosystem approach' perspective. A new overview and action plan were launched in April 2007-2012.

The 2013-18 Action Plan consultation with stakeholders and partners, with a number of main actions to promote research and action on 'Non-native species', and the rebranding of the European marine site to incorporate the new Thanet Coast Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) as the North East Kent Marine Protected Area.

The new Action Plan covers 2019-24


New Action Plan 2019-24

A new draft Action Plan has been agreed by the the NEKMPA Manangement Group of relevant authorities for the next 6 years from 2019 to 2024.