Integrated Coastal Zone Management
Produced in partnership with Nicola Canty of 9 Hazel Tree Chambers
Integrated Coastal Zone Management

The following Environment practice note produced in partnership with Nicola Canty of 9 Hazel Tree Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

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

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 zones, taking into account at the same time the fragility of coastal ecosystems and landscapes, the diversity of activities and uses, their interactions, the maritime orientation of certain activities and uses and their impact on both the marine and land parts.’

The European Commission (EC) defines ICZM as ‘a dynamic, multidisciplinary and iterative process to promote sustainable management of coastal zones. It covers the full cycle of information collection, planning (in its broadest sense), decision making,

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