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