The States of Guernsey Environment Department is responsible for Strategy and overseeing the maintenance of the Island's man-made and natural coastal defences. The Department is assisted by engineers from States Property Services, who regularly inspect the structures and assist in co-ordinating repair works.
Coastal Defence and Beach Management Strategy
In 2007, UK consultants Royal Haskoning (previously Posford Duvivier) submitted the report 'Guernsey Coastal Defence Strategy 2007'. This updated the1999 report and highlights the key issues for the management of the coastal defences and beaches around the islands of Guernsey and Herm.
The Strategy provides an overview of Guernsey and Herm's coastline, the coastal processes and defences, environmental assets and issues. It also looks at long term strategies for managing coastal defences and recommends a programme for undertaking monitoring, studies and coastal defence works.
Coastal Defence Flood Risk Assessment Studies
The Coastal Defence Strategy 2007 report identified several areas that may be vulnerable to flood risk due to predicted sea level rise associated with climate change.
Royal Haskoning were commissioned to undertake a review of these areas and have now submitted its report 'Guernsey Coastal Defences - Flood Risk Assessment Studies 2012'.
This study takes into account the latest research on predicted sea level rise issued in 2009 by the UK Climate Impacts Programme.
Following a consultation exercise on the Flood Risk Assessment Studies, the Environment Department will take proposals to the States in the summer of 2013.
All the reports mentioned above are available in the download section below. However, please note that these have been optimised for the web and so are of a lower quality than the original documents.
Copies of the reports are also available to view at the Guille-Allès Library or on request from the Environment Department, Sir Charles Frossard House.
Last updated - August 2012