Within an area as large and varied as the Kent Downs, there are many stakeholders who have a role in managing the landscape, supporting local business and communities and enabling quiet recreation.
The Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) has a pivotal role to play to help realise the strategic vision for the Kent Downs AONB and to oversee the Management Plan. The Joint Advisory Committee for the Kent Downs AONB was established in July 1997 and is at the heart of the partnership.
The purpose of the Joint Advisory Committee is to provide advice to those of its members with statutory responsibilities for the effective management of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. An Executive of representatives from the JAC, with some outside advisors, advises the work of the Kent Downs AONB Unit.
The AONB Unit is employed by Kent County Council and works on behalf of the JAC to carry out the preparation and review of the Management Plan, to advocate its policies and work in partnership to deliver a range of actions described in the Action Plan.