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Assessing coastal management case studies around Europe using an indicator based tool
Karnauskaite, D.; Schernewski, G.; Schumacher, J.; Grunert, R.; Povilanskas, R. (2018). Assessing coastal management case studies around Europe using an indicator based tool. J. Coast. Conserv. 22(3): 549-570.
In: Journal of Coastal Conservation. Opulus/Springer: Uppsala. ISSN 1400-0350; e-ISSN 1874-7841, more
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Author keywords
    ICZM; Sustainability; System Approach Framework; Coastal realignment; Flood Risk; Participation

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  • Karnauskaite, D.
  • Schernewski, G., more
  • Schumacher, J.
  • Grunert, R.
  • Povilanskas, R.

    Over 350 European Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) ‘best practice’ case studies are documented in the OURCOAST online public database, to ensure that lessons learned from experiences and practices are shared and improve coastal management practices. However, concrete criteria for ‘best practice’ are missing and a critical evaluation of the success of these case studies did not take place. We present an indicator-based tool and methodology that allows assessing the progress towards sustainability of ICZM measures. An indicator-based tool was applied to 18 thematically different coastal case studies using two different methods: a fast screening and an analysis in-depth assessment. Both methods used help to identify strengths and weaknesses of ICZM and their contribution to sustainable development. However, indicator scores were highly affected by evaluators’ background and perception. The tool is user-friendly and easy to apply, it indicates what progress has made towards sustainability and to which extent targets have been met.

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