Suffolk Coast Forum

For latest news from the Environment Agency Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) see the FCERM Stakeholder Forum Update Paper December 2016.

The Suffolk Coast and Estuaries 5th Annual Community Conference - ‘Suffolk – towards a resilient future for our estuaries and coast’ was held on Friday 7th October at Snape Maltings. This year’s conference focussed on future planning and new ways of working around our coast and estuaries. Watch the film update below, created by talented young filmmakers from Suffolk One, to see just some of the people and projects helping to build a resilient coast and estuaries in Suffolk. The accompanying Conference Update Summary Report can be accessed here. For conference presentations see the left hand side of this page.

The conference boasted an exciting programme and an excellent range of speakers including Tony Juniper, author, environmental specialist and former CEO of Friends of the Earth, and Daniel Johns, Head of Adaptation from UK Committee on Climate Change. Delegates were able to choose from a range of engaging workshops sessions

Latest News 

For latest news from the Environment Agency Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) see the FCERM Stakeholder Forum Update Paper December 2016.

The latest edition of the Flood and Coast News is now available, click here for an insight into the breadth of activities undertaken by the Suffolk Flood Risk Management Partnership and Suffolk Coast Forum members.

The latest iCOASST update (December 2016) update is available here.

Over the past four years the Suffolk Coast Forum has been trialling new methods of making estuary defences more resilient to overtopping as well as integrating footpath surfacing into the work. An interim report outlining the trial and latest findings is available here

All the SMPs have now be updated and can be found here.

'Sandscaping or shingle engine' The Crown Estate, working with various research bodies and consultants are exploring the possibilities for innovative coastal management in the forms of a 'sand or shingle engine'. This presentation outlines the concept and some of the relevant background and this presentation was recently shown to the Suffolk Coast Forum, indicating that the shingle engine is likely to be technically effective off Aldeburgh. Of course, there are many issues to be further considered if this form of coastal management is to become a reality - not least are environmental considerations and funding. The Suffolk Coast Forum will continue to further support the development of this concept.

For presentations from the Saltmarsh Conference please click here.  All the presentations can be found as pdfs along with a film clip of the Fingringhoe breach in September 2015, and the Environment Bank report. See the EADT article here.

In the 2014 Autumn Statement the Chancellor announced that private business contributions to flood and coastal management projects will qualify for tax relief. Guidance regarding this tax relief is available here. The aim is to encourage more business contributions to our projects.

This has largely been secured as a result of lobbying by the Local Government Association’s Coastal Group.

Click here to view the Environment Agency’s latest update outlining its coastal activities.  

The Crown Estate has just published a new report on the impacts of offshore dredging on the coastline of Suffolk. Read More (Aggregate dredging and the Suffolk coastline.)

Useful Information

Useful Acronyms 

The Forum's role

To take a partnership approach to flood and coastal erosion risk management on the coast and estuaries and closely related issues in the context of an Integrated Coastal Zone Management approach.

For the minutes of previous meetings and papers relevant to forthcoming meetings see the left hand side of this page.


The group currently includes the following members:

Alde & Ore Estuary Partnership
Babergh District Council
Bawdsey Coastal Partnership
Blyth Estuary Partnership
Deben Estuary Partnership
Eastern Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority (EIFCA)
Eastern Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (Paul Hayden, Chairman)
East Suffolk Internal Drainage Board
Environment Agency
Ipswich Borough Council
Marine Maritime Organisation
Natural England
Stour & Orwell Management Partnership
Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB
Suffolk Coast Against Retreat
Suffolk Coastal District Council
Suffolk County Council
Waveney District Council

Other groups, including the RSPB, National Farmers' Union, Country Land & Business Association, and National Trust are currently associate members. They receive mailings and observe meetings and are invited to bring issues to the group.

The membership will be reviewed after a year in operation.

Terms of Reference

The Suffolk Coast Forum's terms of reference can be viewed here.

Contact Information

Secretariat and contact in case of any queries
Jane Burch
Flood & Coastal Policy Manager, Suffolk County Council  Tel: 01473 264782

Councillor David Ritchie




Coast and Estuaries Community Conference 2016

Suffolk Coast Forum Minutes

Suffolk Coast and Flood News