The Coastal Partnerships Network (CPN) aims to strengthen the UK's 53 Coastal Partnerships by encouraging exchange of information, debate and discussion, and engagement with other coastal stakeholders.
The CPN seeks to offer increased opportunities for learning, collaboration and influence, strengthening and supporting Coastal Partnerships and encouraging stronger representation of the value of their work.
It also aims to provide Coastal Partnerships with a coordinated national voice to feed into policy. The CPN forms a central point of contact for organisations with a national remit to employ Coastal Partnerships to aid local delivery of statutory plans through stakeholder engagement and local consultation.
The network was established in 2006, then as the Coastal Partnerships Working Group, and consists of a voluntary committee of 14 Coastal Partnership Officers, a Network Chair, Vice Chair and one National Coordinating Officer.
In order to forward the integrated approach to coastal management that is needed for environmental, economic and social sustainability, the CPN has close connections with:
The Coastal Communities Alliance (which manages the Coastal Communities Teams)
The Local Government Association Coastal Special Interest Group (LGA Coastal SIG), which is a voluntary SIG representing 65 Local Authorities with coastline to manage.
The Network hosts annual events including:
The Coastal Challenge Summit - an event workshopping how we can deliver more integrated coastal management and collaborate more effectively, hosted with the Coastal Communities Alliance and the Local Government Association Coastal SIG.
The CPN Annual Forum - an annual platform for Coastal Partnerships to meet and exchange knowledge regarding their projects, successes and challenges.