The Solent Forum
The Solent Forum is chaired by Professor Mike Clark, Director, Geodata Institute
The Solent Forum was established in December 1992, in order to develop a greater understanding among the authorities and agencies involved in planning and management in the Solent area, and to assist and influence them in carrying out their functions. The Forum has been set up to consider and provide advice on strategic issues - that is, issues which have implications for a wide area. The Forum does not have any executive powers and its members have no voting rights. As far as possible the Forum is to operate on an ‘equal partners’ basis.
WHAT DOES IT DO?
The Solent Forum provides:
- Strategic advice on matters that affect the Solent.
- Information on changes in the operating environment that will affect your work.
- Awareness and understanding of other stakeholders' roles, responsibilities and aspirations and of the Solent's resources and associated management issues.
- Networking opportunities of all kinds and at all levels.
It does this by:
- Providing a known vehicle to work cross-sectorally
- Exploring changes in legislation and policy and how they will affect us.
- Describing the actual changes that are occurring in the coastal zone.
- Bringing together stakeholders, such as policy makers with those who are affected.
View the Forum's Business Plan for greater detail on its work.
WHAT CAN IT DO FOR YOU?
As a long established and recognised coastal partnership with a neutral status the Solent Forum is well placed to provide a platform for cross-sectoral communication and to facilitate partnership working. Our stakeholder database contains more than 1,600 people with an interest in our coastal zone made up of a wide variety of organisations and as such can reach the stakeholders who you are wishing to engage.
- communicate to a wide range of stakeholders
- raise awareness of coastal issues in a neutral environment
- provide a co-ordination mechanism for research
- play a role in conflict resolution among stakeholders due to our unbiased approach
- provide a unique focal point for information exchange across sectors
- bring together data and research to aid policy making and management decisions
- pilot demonstration projects
- raise local and regional needs with national policy makers
- influence the implementation of legislation and policy in the local area.
The area covered by the Forum is the whole of the Solent, including Southampton Water and the three main harbours - Portsmouth, Langstone and Chichester. The western limit is a line between the eastern tip of the Isle of Wight and Selsey Bill. No inland boundary is defined, because it will vary according to the nature and importance of the issue under consideration and some matters will have more far reaching effects than others.
The Solent Forum meets twice a year and at such other times as deemed necessary. Meetings are held at Southampton, Portsmouth and Cowes in rotation.
Forum members are professional bodies such as local government, harbour authorities, industry, user groups, trade associations and NGO's. The Forum is not open to individuals, local residents associations or issue specific lobby groups. For more information on membership contact the Solent Forum Office.