About the Southern Coastal Group

The Southern Coastal Group (SCG) is the Regional Coastal Group for central southern England, and one of seven Regional Coastal Groups of England.

The geographical area covered by the SCG comprises the coastline between Portland Bill in Dorset and Selsey Bill in West Sussex, including the Isle of Wight.

Established in September 2008, the SCG comprised the technical officers of the original SCOPAC Officer’s Working Group [see SCG Origins]. Technical expertise remains the focus today, with a membership that includes coastal managers, planners and others with a knowledge of shoreline management, who operate within a strategic framework. We support the delivery of plans, studies and schemes by providing co-ordination, facilitating communication and offering advice and guidance to member organisations.

Key policy aims:

To give sound advice on coastal issues and be a strong influencer in optimising strategic and sustainable policies, plans and programmes to best manage the risks from flood and coastal erosion. To be a natural and chosen forum for coastal practitioners to discuss coastal management problems and share best practice. To be efficient in operation and secure best value for the public purse.

The key areas to our work:

  • Monitoring, co-ordinating and influencing the delivery of sustainable Shoreline Management Plans;
  • Supporting and assisting the successful delivery of the SCOPAC research programme;
  • Supporting the national network of strategic coastal monitoring programmes;
  • Investment & Planning (MTP)
  • Sharing good practice, and encouraging a co-ordinated approach to data collection for FCERM.
  • Identifying, developing and sharing best practice for procurement, and encouraging flexible working in light of the pressure facing public services.

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.

Download the booklet (PDF, 7Mb)

This SCOPAC & SCG booklet (published March 2019) has been developed to showcase our achievements 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.

Download the Booklet (PDF, 7Mb)

Further information about the SGC can be found in the Group’s Constitution:

Southern Coastal Group Constitution and Terms of Reference (PDF)