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EU Policy on ICZM

The Commission's demonstration programme on Integrated Coastal Zone Management 1996 - 1999

From 1996 to 1999, the Commission operated a Demonstration Programme on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) to provide technical information about sustainable coastal zone management, and to stimulate a broad debate among the various actors involved in the planning, management or use of European coastal zones.

The programme was intended to lead to a consensus regarding the measures necessary in order to stimulate ICZM in Europe.

The experiences and outputs of the Demonstration Programme (all of which are available online, though links below), were the basis for a Commission proposal to the European Parliament and Council, on a Recommendation concerning the implementation of ICZM in Europe (COM/00/545 of 8 September 2000), adopted two years later (see more details here).

Experiences and outputs of the Demonstration Program:

 Overview of the Demonstration Programme and its Objectives

 The 35 Demonstration Projects

 Thematic Studies (on topics of Legislation, Participation, Technology, Sectoral and Territorial Cooperation, EU Policy and Information)

 Reports from Project Leaders Workshops & "National Experts" Group

 Progress Report on the Demonstration Programme -- COM 744/97 (January, 1998)

 "Towards a European Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) Strategy: General Principles & Policy Options" (April, 1999)

 "Lessons from the European Commission's Demonstration Programme on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM)" (April, 1999)

 Report of Stakeholders Seminar, Brussels (July 2, 1999)

"Application des dispositions de la Convention d'Aarhus dans le cadre du processus d'Aménagement Intégré des Zones Côtières": original report in French (113K); English translation (57K) -- both in pdf format

 "Evaluation de l'impact de la future directive 'SEA' sur l'aménagement intégré des zones côtières": original report in French (41K); English translation (28K) -- both in pdf format

 Results of the Consultation Phase (April - Oct, 1999)