How Anglo/Dutch Collaboration Produced Radical Long-Term Integrated Coastal Planning Solutions for a Vulnerable Peninsula on Britain's South CoastJane Cunningham* and Carolyn Cobbold
MPP Project Officer at Manhood Peninsula Partnership, Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom
- Corresponding Author:
- Dr. Jane Cunningham
MPP Project Officer at Manhood Peninsula Partnership
Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: July 09, 2015; Accepted Date: July 20, 2015; Published Date: July 31, 2015
Citation: Cunningham J, Cobbold C (2015) How Anglo/Dutch Collaboration Produced Radical Long-Term Integrated Coastal Planning Solutions for a Vulnerable Peninsula on Britain’s South Coast. J Coast Zone Manag 18: S1-001. doi: 10.4172/2473-3350.1000S1-001
Copyright: © 2015 Cunningham J, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
This paper describes how a small and vulnerable coastal community achieved one of the first examples in Britain of an integrated long-term planning strategy by reaching out to their European neighbours. Centred around Medmerry, Europe’s largest open-coast realignment scheme when it opened in November 2013, the strategy incorporates integrated and long-term adaptation of the Manhood Peninsula’s economy, environment and planning, recognising the particular climate change, development and infrastructure challenges facing a low lying, exposed peninsula in the south east of England. This paper describes the unusual history behind Towards ICZM on the Manhood Peninsula, demonstrating the value of listening to locals, combining different approaches and drawing on diverse disciplines and international experience and expertise. The paper describes how two local residents facilitated a ground-breaking five-day planning workshop involving experts from the Netherlands and Britain brainstorming with the local community and local authorities to explore a variety of sustainable, resilient and radical coastal management strategies to ensure the long term economic, social and environment future for the whole peninsula. The Going Dutch workshop helped a diverse and divided local population to understand and articulate their problems and aspirations. It also allowed representatives from local and national organisations to exchange views and concerns with each other and with local people in an informal but constructive manner. As a result of the workshop, the Manhood Peninsula Partnership was created, enabling further exploration and implementation of sustainable coastal, environmental and economic adaptations for the area. The paper outlines the partnership and its achievements, including its ICZM strategy that has been incorporated this year into the Chichester District Local Plan.