Who Looks After the Jurassic Coast?

Looking after the Site is more than looking after land itself, a job which is very ably done by landowners the length of the Jurassic Coast. World Heritage Status requires the managing body to look at issues such as access and enjoyment, education and information, conservation and protection, safety, and even economic development. Our mandate is the 1972 UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage which talks about, amongst other things, giving “the cultural and natural heritage a function in the life of the community “.

All aspects of World Heritage Site management are overseen by a body called the Jurassic Coast Partnership, which is made of up representatives from more than 20 local, regional and national organisations, and technical specialists in areas such as fossil collecting and tourism. For more details about the partnership, including a list of it membership, please contact Sam Rose.

Although it is not a formal organisation, it represents the wide range of interests along the World Heritage Site and as such it is given the responsibility by the UK Government of preparing, overseeing the delivery of, and periodically reviewing the a Management Plan for the Site, which can be found here.

The Plan. is revised every 5-6 years, and is the ‘contract’ between the UK Government and UNESCO. It defines how and what the partnership does, and is used to set annual work plans. A Steering Group for the partnership meets three times a year to monitor progress against the Management Plan, discuss major issues and make key decisions. Steering Group meeting documents are available here.

The World Heritage Site is managed by the Jurassic Coast Team, a collaboration of the Jurassic Coast Trust and local authorities. Find out more About Us here.