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Concerted actions, tools and criteria for the integrated coastal zone management of the Mediterranean

Period: June 2006 till May 2008
Status: Completed

Thesaurus terms: Coastal management; Coasts
Geographical term: Mediterranean Region [Marine Regions]

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Eight partners are taking part in the GIZC-MED subproject which aims to promote integrated costal zone management in pilot zones belonging to the five candidate regions from the three Mediterranean countries (Greece, Italy and France) involved, and encourage the creation of an integrated management strategy on a Mediterranean and national level. It is common knowledge that the main obstacle to successfully tackling the European Union’s environmental problems is the lack of administrative structures which can facilitate common interventions to take place. Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) is now in its advanced development stage as some of its theoretical concepts/principles have already been included in numerous coastline planning programmes, at various levels. Reference documents for the European Union are 2002/413/CE Recommendation issued by the Parliament and the European Council and the Barcelona Convention (specifically for Mediterranean countries) via the project which has recently been kicked off by PAP/RAC (Programme for priority actions/ regional centre initiatives) within the protocol for the integrated management of Mediterranean zones. This subproject aims to bring together any studies conducted in this field in order to create a structure for the integrated managements of coastal zones at a regional level and select one or more pilot zones from each participating regions, or alternatively apply different approaches to ICZM. This subproject has resulted in the following actions: outline pilot sites in detail, describe coastal evolution and how ICZM principles are to be applied, develop range of scenarios as part of integrated coastal zone management, assess parameters which show the status of the coasts as well as public policies, establish intervention criteria and recommend or make use of appropriate tools. Procedures for agreed actions carried out by the different bodies will also be assessed. Conclusions for all initiatives described above and good international practices, as well as conclusions for policies and experience gained in the regions being studied will contribute to the creation of an integrated management strategy at a Mediterranean and national level.

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