The group aims, via international co-operation, to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of flood and coastal defences and make them sustainable in the long term. These aims will be achieved by exchanging experience, sharing knowledge, addressing common problems, co-operating on research and improving public awareness.

The North Sea Coastal Management Group (NSCMG) brings together professional managers and advisors of government and public authorities from the countries along the Southern North Sea Coast (Belgium, the United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands).

It provides a forum for the discussion of issues of common concern in the implementation of coastal management policy and the provision of defences to alleviate flooding and erosion.