SCOPAC Working Arrangements
The SCOPAC inaugural meeting in October 1986 established a two-tier system comprising:
- A Full Conference comprising a forum for elected members (mainly local authority politicians), interest groups and technical officers. The aim of the Full Conference was to meet and exchange information, and to approve a sub-regional research programme.
- A separate Officers’ Working Group, comprising technical officers, was established to investigate coastal issues, carry out research and provide feedback to the Full Conference.
In April 2008 the Environment Agency was given a ‘strategic overview for sea flooding and coastal erosion risk management’ (Coastal Strategic Overview) by Defra; as part of that overview the existing sixteen regional coastal defence groups for England and Wales were restructured with the aim of providing a streamlined and focused delivery of coastal erosion risk management for the future.
- The SCOPAC Full Conference re-established itself as an important political voice for the coast of southern central England, whilst
- The Officers’ Working Group became the Southern Coastal Group.
SCOPAC and The Southern Coastal Group
The importance of working together
SCOPAC and the SCG have achieved significant benefits across the region by working together for over 30 years. However, there are now a number of increasing pressures on coastal management which are threatening the wider sector. These include; climate change and sea level rise, public sector austerity and budget cuts, retirement of knowledgeable senior engineers and shifting policy and guidance.
This document (published March 2019) has been developed to showcase the work of SCOPAC and the SCG and to illustrate why now, more than ever, the continuation and reinvigoration of the groups is paramount to ensure we continue to work together effectively to face these new challenges.
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