Managed realignment is a coastal management policy that may be adopted within Shoreline Management Plans (SMPs) and Coastal Defence Strategies.
It allows the shoreline to move more naturally, however this movement is managed, usually by the construction of defences landward of a breached defence. Saltmarshes that develop as part of the realignment, help absorb wave energy, and offer soft coastal protection in themselves. This means that inland defences do not need to be as big as if new seawalls were built further seaward. In addition new habitats are created, which support wildlife and plant life.
A local major managed realignment scheme is taking place at Medmerry, between Selsey and Bracklesham, West Sussex.
For more information on the Medmerry managed realignment scheme please visit the Environment Agency using the related links section of this page.
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