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Evaluation Model for the Sustainable Development of European Coastal Zones

French title: Modèle d'évaluation pour le développement durable des zones côtières d'Europe
Acronym: DEDUCE
Period: March 2004 till June 2007
Status: Completed

Thesaurus terms: Coastal environment; Evaluation; Indicators; Sustainable development; Sustainable development
Geographical terms: ANE, North Sea, Southern Bight [Marine Regions]; Europe Coasts [Marine Regions]
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Institutes (6)  Top | Publications 
  • Provincie West-Vlaanderen, more, partner
  • Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), more, subcontractor
  • Provincie West-Vlaanderen; Gebiedswerking Kust, more
  • European Commission; Interreg III, more, sponsor
  • SAIL Partnership, more
  • Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Mobiliteit en Openbare Werken; Vlaams Ministerie van Mobiliteit en Openbare Werken; Agentschap voor Maritieme Dienstverlening en Kust; Afdeling Kust, more


On May 30, 2002, the European Parliament and the Council adopted the Recommendation concerning the implementation of Integrated Coastal Zone Management with the aim of fostering the development of integrated management strategies to guide the European coastal zones towards more sustainable scenarios.
In the framework of implementing the EU Recommendation, the European Commission created an Expert Group on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM), which established a Working Group on Indicators and Data (WG-ID). The result of the work carried out by WG-ID has been the definition of a set of 27 indicators, drawn up for the assessment and monitoring of the state of the coast from the point of view of a sustainable development.
In this context arises the Intereg IIIC-South DEDUCE project (veloppement Durable des Zones Côtières Européennes), with the objective of validating the methodological tools necessary for an optimal decision making at the coast, following the principles and criteria established by the Recommendation.

Working Lines

The key challenge of DEDUCE is to prove the usefulness, viability and necessity of an integrated approach to information management by means of environmental and socioeconomic indicators for measuring the degree of sustainable development of the European coastal zones.


The participating partners work at a European, national, regional or local scale on integrated coastal zone management, and they can produce consistent and harmonized data between the different working scales. The partners are :

  • Department of Environment and Housing, Catalan Parliament, Spain (Lead Partner)
  • El Prat de Llobregat local council, Spain
  • Viladecans local council, Spain
  • Autonomous University of Barcelona- European Topic Centre Terrestrial Environment (ETC-TE), from the European Environment Agency, Spain
  • French Environment Institute (IFEN), depending on the French Environment Ministry, France
  • Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA), Malta
  • Province of West-Flanders, Belgium
  • University of Latvia, Latvia
  • Maritime Institute in Gdansk, Poland

Publications (3)  Top | Institutes 
  • DEDUCE (Développement Durable des Zones Côtières Européennes) Newsletter. Interreg IIIC/Projet cofinancé par la Union Européenne: Belgium. , more
  • Martí, X.; Lescrauwaet, A.-K.; Borg, M.; Valls, M. (Ed.) (2007). Indicators guidelines: to adopt an indicators-based approach to evaluate coastal sustainable development. Department of the Environment and Housing, Government of Catalonia: Barcelona. 97 + cd-rom pp., more
  • DEDUCE (2008). Sustainable Development of European Coastal Zones [CD-ROM]. [S.n.]: Oostende. 1 cd-rom pp., more

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