The UK Government 25 Year Environment Plan – Extracts

At the recent SIG meeting Members held a mini-workshop to explore:

  • The UK Government 25 Year Environment Plan ( “25YEP” )
  • The Coastal Concordat – a final push?
  • A Post Brexit World

The Chairman, Andy Smith, collated the key extracts of importance for coastal local authorities which can be used to support your work or applications.

In case you missed the extract paper in the agenda pack the Defra 25 Year Environment Plan extracts are available under Resources > Coastal Guidance and Manuals, or by clicking here.

If you have any comments or suggestions arising from this plan please do share them with 


English Coastal Challenge Summit

24th April 2018, 10am – 4pm
Europe House, Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU

Our coast and its communities face a range of complex challenges and opportunities. At a national level the current sectoral approach to the management, regeneration and promotion of our coasts is acting as a brake on the potential of coastal communities to thrive. In response to this a variety of different groups and networks have formed, all with differences in focus but significant overlaps of interest.

England’s first Coastal Challenge Summit will bring together the experience, influence, enterprise and ambition of Coastal Partnerships, Coastal Community Teams, Local Enterprise Partnerships and other coastal stakeholders to network and innovate in a ‘Challenge’ style event.


English Coastal Challenge Summit Aims

  • To explore and build opportunities for collaboration
  • To address parallelism and duplication
  • To start the process of developing 21st Century policies and actions for our coastal communities, industries and assets

Who should attend?

This event is aimed primarily at participants actively involved in Coastal Partnerships, Coastal Community Teams and other coastal networks so those delegates will be given priority when booking.


With generous sponsorship from the Local Government Association Coastal Special Interest Group and the Coastal Communities Alliance we can offer places at just £20 each. There are a limited number of concessionary places available to those who may not have the budget.

How to book on?

To register for this event please click here to download the form. Please return your completed form to Coastal Partnerships Network Secretary Lucy Taylor

SIG workshop at Flood and Coast conference 2018

Flood and Coast 2018
20 – 22 March, Telford International Centre
21st March for the LGA Coastal SIG workshop

Resolving the biggest challenges on the coast – join the debate!

This year the LGA Coastal SIG will be holding a workshop at the Flood and Coast Conference.  As part of our network we would love to see you there.

Taking place from 20-22 March at the Telford International Centre, Flood & Coast 2018 offers a unique opportunity to engage with key stakeholders in the flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCERM) community and will tackle the big questions and challenges facing our industry.

The conference is a 3-day event with a variety of exhibitions and workshops. The middle day (Wednesday 21st March) is aimed at Local Authorities. SIG members qualify for reduced rates – see details below.

LGA Coastal SIG workshop, Wednesday 21st March 2018, Telford International Centre

SIG workshop: Resolving the biggest challenges on the coast – join the debate!

Workshop outline

For all Risk Management Authorities there are some issues that we face, which seem to have no solution, or no easy solution. The LGA Coastal Special Interest Group invites you to learn about some of the problems faced by local authorities and to add your views on how we might collectively find a solution.

Capitalising on the breadth of knowledge and experience of Flood and Coast 2018 delegates, we will explore key areas such as capacity, consistency of language and processes and funding.

If we, collectively, can’t make a difference then who can?

Local authorities welcome participants from every discipline and sector to take part in what should be a very enjoyable and thought provoking session. This highly interactive workshop will combine learning with lively debate and active voting. Pose your questions live and take part in a session that develops with audience participation.

Co-ordinated by Bill Parker, Coastal Partnership East on behalf of the SIG with Paul Hayden, Chair of the Eastern Area Regional Flood and Coast Committee as lead facilitator.


Workshop objectives

  • The objective of the LGA Coastal Special Interest Group is to raise its profile amongst coastal local authorities and other Risk Management Authorities and service providers.
  • Coastal SIG members would like to understand whether others share the perceptions and view points of coastal local authorities.
  • For delegates of the workshop, the objectives are to ensure that that:
  • Have the opportunity to contribute to how coastal management is considered in local authorities.
  • Have the opportunity to ask questions of coastal local authorities.
  • Are in receipt of workshop outputs and evaluation to enable learning to be taken away and additional questions asked to contribute to the debate and potential solutions.


LGA Coastal SIG members qualify for reduced rate conference tickets.

Delegate pass prices start at £220 (1 day) / £435 (3 days). FULL PRICING & REGISTER HERE

Conference & Speakers

Flood & Coast 2018 features an extensive and exciting programme of conference sessions and interactive workshops focusing on the key themes of –

  • Shared ownership and action (day 1)
  • Building resilience (day 2)
  • Shaping the future: skills, climate and international learning (day 3)

Over 150 speakers will take to the stage, sharing a broad range of global perspectives on innovation and best practice. For full details and speakers see