Pembrokeshire 'Living Coast' 2024

Thank you to everyone who attended this year's event!

With so many exceptional entries this year, it was incredibly difficult to judge, but we're pleased to share the winning photographs from our 2024 Pembrokeshire 'Living Coast' Photographic competition.

Could you be part of the Future Energy industry in Pembrokeshire?

We are thrilled to extend an invitation to learning groups from Pembrokeshire to utilise our industry-standard test facility.

In our endeavour to foster a collaborative learning environment and further the research in marine technologies, we are launching a competition open to Pembrokeshire learners of all ages!

Economic and Social Evaluation of the Outdoor Activity Sector in Wales

In partnership between Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum and the Wales Adventure Tourism Organisation (WATO), this comprehensive survey, involving more than 600 individuals and businesses in spring 2023, identified significant growth in Wales’ outdoor activity sector over the past decade.

Nature Finance Review 2023 Case Study: PCF

The work of Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum around nutrient trading through the Ecosystem Enterprise Partnership is highlighted as a case study in this important area of work.

Ethnic Diversity Toolkit

Discover the Ethnic Diversity Toolkit for the Coastal Sector!

Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum is committed to making the coast accessible and enjoyable for everyone. We're sharing Represent Us (Ltd)'s Toolkit to help improve ethnic diversity in placements and create a more inclusive environment for all.

Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum - Impact Report 2022

As a stakeholder support organisation, the PCF team is proud of our work connecting communities, businesses, organisations and decision-makers. We hope you enjoy reading about our latest impacts and plans! 

Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum finalist for Wales STEM Educational Programme of the Year

Shoreline Management Planning

WHAT IS A SHORELINE MANAGEMENT PLAN (SMP)?

A Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) is a long term, high level, broad assessment of the risks associated with erosion and flooding at the coast that seeks to reduce these risks to people and the developed, historic and natural environments. The plan offers a vision for how the coast is to be managed in the future, by identifying sustainable long-term coastal erosion and flood risk management policies for the coast.

The SMP is a non-statutory document outlining how the shoreline should be managed in the future, balancing the scale of the risks with the social, environmental and financial costs involved, and avoiding, where possible, adverse impacts on adjacent coastal areas. It must take account of existing planning initiatives and legislative requirements and use the best present knowledge on the possible effects of climate change and sea level rise. The plan should inform, and be supported by, the statutory planning process.

The SMP is a ‘living’ document used by the operating authorities and other organisations (e.g. the Local Authority, Natural Resources Wales) to consider the planning and implementation of sea defences and other maritime works. It is also used by the Welsh Government and NRW when considering applications from the operating authorities to fund various coastal defence works.

WILL SMPS PROTECT MY PROPERTY?

Almost everyone whose land or property is threatened by the sea wants to be protected. However, coastal defences are costly to build and maintain and they sometimes have damaging effects on the natural environment or an adjoining length of coastline. SMPs identify the places that are affected or threatened by flooding or erosion. They state the likely cost of protection for such areas and test this against the economic value of the land or property. Where there is a threat, and some form of coastal defence is economically and environmentally sustainable, then an option which allows protection is likely to be preferred. Where the provision of any form of defence would be detrimental, uneconomic or unsustainable, ‘no active intervention’ would normally be the preferred option.

MORE INFORMATION

To view information about the SMP click here

Shoreline Management Plans are informing the development of a Climate Adaptation project for Newgale. This stretch of coast is impacted by coastal erosion, rising sea levels and storms.

You can find out more about the project including how to receive updates and take part in the consultation.

A Climate Adaptation Strategy for Pembrokeshire is being developed during 2022 find out more or get involved.