incl. Regional Flood & Coastal Management Initiatives 

Poole and Christchurch Bays Shoreline Management Plan (SMP2)

Published October 2010. The Shoreline Management Plan promotes management policies for open coast, harbours, estuaries and headlands between Durlston Head in the west and Hurst Spit to the east for the next 100 years; it provides a timeline for objectives, policy and management changes; i.e. a ‘route map’ for decision makers to move from the present situation towards the future.

Management Action

Christchurch Bay & Harbour FCERM Strategy

In development 2021-2023. BCP Council and New Forest District Council (NFDC) are working together with the Environment Agency to produce a new Strategy to guide how the frontage from Hengistbury Head to Hurst Spit, encompassing Christchurch Harbour, will be sustainably managed for the next 100 years.

Poole Bay, Poole Harbour and Wareham FCERM Strategy

Final Strategy, December 2014. The strategy identifies how the Environment Agency and its partners will manage tidal flood and erosion risks in and around Bournemouth, the whole of Poole Harbour, Wareham and Swanage over the next 100 years with an emphasis on the years up to 2030.


Bournemouth’s Local Flood Risk Management Strategy

Published September 2015. As a Lead Local Flood Authority Bournemouth Borough Council is required to produce a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy as part of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010. The aim of the strategy is to (a) Improve understanding of the causes of local flooding, (b) Identify where practical solutions can be implemented, (c) Use available data to reduce flood risk through sustainable development, and (d) Assist the wider community in improving flood resilience.

Poole’s Local Flood Risk Management Strategy 2017-2019

Published July 2017. The Flood and Water Management Act (2010) acknowledged that despite everyone’s best efforts to prevent the risk of flooding, it is a natural event that will sometimes occur. This Local Flood Risk Management Strategy outlines how the flood risk from surface water and in-combination flooding (from both surface water and high tides) is being managed in the Borough of Poole.


Southern Coastal Group and SCOPAC

The Southern Coastal Group and SCOPAC (the Standing Conference on Problems Associated with the Coastline) merged in 2020. Together they form one of seven strategic coastal groups in England; an influential network of local authorities and other key organisations that share an interest in the management of the shoreline of central southern England, from Portland Bill to Selsey Bill, including the Isle of Wight

Wessex Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC)

The Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) is established by the Environment Agency under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010; it brings together members appointed by Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFAs) and independent members with relevant experience.

Regional Coastal Monitoring Programmes

Since 2002 monitoring of the Poole and Christchurch Bays area has been undertaken by the Channel Coast Observatory as part of the Southeast Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme, providing information for the development of Shoreline Management Plans, coastal defence strategies, and operational management of coast protection and flood defence.