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Aims and Objectives of the SMP

Aim of SMP

SMPs aim to determine sustainable policies for management of the shoreline and to set a framework for the future management of erosion and flood risks along the coastline. 
An SMP considers the objectives, policies and management requirements for 3 epochs; (a) present day (0-20 years); (b) medium-term (20-50 years); and (c) long-term (50-100 years).

Objectives of SMP

The Objectives of an SMP are:

  • To define the flooding and erosion risks to people, and the developed, historic and natural environments
  • To identify the preferred policies for managing those risks
  • To identify consequences of implementing the preferred policies
  • To set out procedures for monitoring the effectiveness of the policies
  • To inform others so future land use and coastal zone development can take account of the risks, the time frame of risks and the policies
  • To comply with environmental legislation and social obligations.

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