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L'înformâtion et les sèrvices publyis pouor I'Île dé Jèrri

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Shoreline Management Plan

Between June 2018 and January 2020 we completed work on a Shoreline Management Plan for Jersey. This plan aims to ensure that our coastal defences continue to protect the island over the next 100 years.

Our existing sea defences and drains protect us from flooding during storms, high tides and heavy rainfall. However rising sea levels and more rainfall will increase the risk of flooding in some areas of Jersey.

The following work was completed to create the plan:

  • analysis of coastal processes, existing coastal defences and future coastal change
  • development of policies which consider different approaches to shoreline management
  • Jersey’s shoreline split into coastal management areas and sub-units for separate consideration
  • economic assessment of each policy option and understanding the implications for the community, environment and economy
  • consultation on the draft Shoreline Management Plan (July to September 2019)
  • review of consultation responses and finalisation of the Shoreline Management Plan (October to December 2019)
  • creation of an action plan for further work
  • publication of the final Shoreline Management Plan and associated documents (January 2020)

The Shoreline Management Plan was agreed in January 2020 and will be reviewed after 10 years. It includes a non-technical summary which gives a four-page overview of the plan. The appendices provide a range of accompanying documents, including a report on the public consultation, technical reports and flood risk maps.

The finalised Shoreline Management Plan will feed into the Island Plan Review process.

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