About the NE Kent European marine sites Management Scheme

The Management Scheme in a cockle shell!

The Thanet coast is internationally important for its bird and marine life and deserves the highest protection possible. But the coast is also important for many other reasons – thousands of people live there and many thousands more visit each year.

Everything we do has an effect on the coastline and the Scheme was established to monitor that effect, by looking at each activity and examining whether it harmed the important coastal features and wildlife and what to do about it. The scheme was developed at a series of workshops, involving those who participated in the various activities making decisions about the future management of the coastline!


The original Management Scheme was launched in 2001 and ran until 2006. The scheme included an action plan in which all the ‘Relevant Authorities’ were responsible for implementing the action - with progress updated each year.


The Scheme was reviewed using stakeholder dialogue workshops during 2006 and incorporated a wider 'ecosystem approach' perspective. The new overview and action plan were launched in April 2007-2012.

Action Plan 2013-18

The last Action Plan consultation with stakeholders and partners took place in 2013 and can be viewed below. The Action Plan has a number of main actions including work to promote research and action on 'Non-native species', and the rebranding of the European marine site to incorporate the new Thanet Coast Marine Conservation Zones (MCZ) as the North East Kent Marine Protected Area.

Management Scheme 2007-12

Thanet Coast Project 


New Action Plan 2019-14

A new Action Plan is currently being drafted by the Manangement Group of relevant authorities for the next 6 years.