Protecting the environment

Find out how we're protecting the Essex coast and our green infrastructure strategy

The Essex coast

Essex has one of the longest coastlines of any county in England stretching for over 350 miles. It is one of Essex’s most valued assets for its:

  • national and international importance for nature conservation
  • value to the local economy, including for tourism and fishing
  • development opportunities
  • resource for water and land-based recreation
  • importance for open landscapes, archaeological and heritage assets
  • renewable energy infrastructure

The coast is facing many climate change challenges, such as increasing sea levels and storminess. We need to make decisions on how to manage the coast in a sustainable way.

We have been a key partner in the development of the 2010 Essex and South Suffolk Shoreline Management Plan. Reviewing annual progress of its delivery and contributing to the 2021 and 2022 updates. The plan provides a strategic approach to coastal management through to 2105.

We contribute to many local and national coastal organisations including the: