Getting everyone involved

The Stakeholder approach – a first for North East Kent

The Stakeholder approach was unique in that it was the first time in this country that many different representative coastal users were brought together through a series of “consensus building” workshops (during the 1990s) to help produce a coastal management scheme.

These Stakeholders identified the problems which their own activities may cause to wildlife and worked together to develop a way forward.  They agreed a number of key actions, including action required to tackle obvious gaps in management and information. These actions included the development of a new Coastal Wildlife Project (the Thanet Coast Project) and a series of voluntary codes for various coastal activities.

The management and advisory set up.

Management Groupoversees the management of the NE Kent Marine Protected Area (meets 2/yr)

Advisory Group: identifies and encourages research to help with future management decisions (meets 2-4/yr)

Stakeholders: representatives of coastal users and activities.

Thanet Coast Project: ‘not-for-profit’ initiative (1 member of staff* and volunteers) with Thanet Council as the lead/employing authority. *Thanet Coast Project Officer (and in 2017-20 one  ‘Guardians of the Deep project officer’).

Background Information for new Stakeholders

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