Review of the Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey (RCZAS) Programme

Author(s): Alice Cattermole Heritage Consultancy

This report presents the results of the first systematic review of the ongoing Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey (RCZAS) programme, which was instigated by English Heritage (now Historic England) in the late 1990s. As a publicly-funded body, Historic England is now subject to the Government’s mandatory evaluation programme which expects that every pound of public money spent should be evaluated in terms of the outcomes achieved. This review assesses the availability and uses of RCZAS data and reports, and evaluates how effective the RCZAS programme has been in terms of recording and improving the management of coastal heritage assets. Its findings are informed by the extensive published outputs and archives produced by the RCZAS, and engagement with a wide range of RCZAS data-managers and report-users, as well as key stakeholders, many of whom have contributed to its findings via online questionnaires, telephone interviews and face-to-face meetings. This report includes a series of recommendations to improve the impact of the RCZAS programme in terms of delivering understanding and protection to England’s coastal historic environment.

Report Number:
Desk Top Assessment Methological Research Historic Landscape Characterisation Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey


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