Integrated Coastal Zone Management
Integrated Coastal Zone Management

The following Environment guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Integrated Coastal Zone Management
  • Brexit impact
  • The integrated coastal zone
  • Integrated Coastal Zone Management
  • Development of ICZM
  • ICZM in the UK
  • ICZM objectives
  • General principles of integrated coastal zone management

Brexit impact

As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this content.

For further guidance, see: Brexit—impact on environmental law and Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.

The integrated coastal zone

There are various definitions of the integrated coastal zone. The 2009 Protocol to the Barcelona Convention on Integrated Coastal Zone Management in the Mediterranean defines the coastal zone as:

‘The geomorphologic area either side of the seashore in which the interaction between the marine and land parts occurs in the form of complex ecological and resource systems made up of biotic and abiotic components coexisting and interacting with human communities and relevant socioeconomic activities;’

Integrated Coastal Zone Management

Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) is a relatively new field that attempts to bring together multiple sectors and disciplines affecting the coastal zone, with the relevant policy makers, decision makers and stakeholders working more collaboratively. Importantly, ICZM combines development management with resources management.

The 2009 Protocol to the Barcelona Convention on Integrated Coastal Zone Management in the Mediterranean defines the ICZM as:

‘a dynamic process for the sustainable management and use of coastal