Kent County Council (KCC) is the largest local authority in England covering an area of 3,500 square kilometres. It has an annual expenditure of over £1bn on goods and services and a population of 1.5m. The Council provides a wide range of personal and strategic services on behalf of its residents, operating in partnership with 12 district councils, 309 parish/town councils and other public and private organisations. The council has strong links to national and international climate change programmes.
The Council has expertise and experience in sustainability, adaptation, SME environmental management and the natural environment and supports building of adaptation/resilience capacity in public heath, emergency planning, economic development/regeneration and communities within the organisation and with other public/private sector partners through the Kent Environment Strategy.
The Council has a wealth of experience in leading and contributing to over 30 successful Interreg projects over the last four programming periods related to a variety of different themes. Previous Iinterreg IVA 2 Seas projects include: CC2150 (Community engagement on adaptation and planning for climate change), FUSION (low carbon technologies), PRiME-C (ICZM) and ARCH (assessing regional habitat change). Currently Kent County Council are lead partner of the STAR2Cs project and a partner in FRAMES (NRS Programme) (Multi-layer safety for flooding) amongst many more projects.