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Coastal Zone Policy

Studies and information sources for the impact assessment

The Commission has carried out several studies to prepare the impact Assessment accompanying the proposal for a Directive on maritime spatial planning and integrated coastal management.

A non-exhaustive overview of information sources used for the impact assessment on top of these studies can be found here.

A study to examine the Member States reports on progress on ICZM up to 2010.

The contract is to provide the Commission with an analysis and overview of Member State reports on the implementation of ICZM. The Member State reports received by the Commission can be viewed here.

The contract's specific objectives are to:

  • Analyse reports from coastal Member States on progress in the implementation of the EU ICZM Recommendation (2002/413/EC);
  • Complement, where appropriate, the national reports with additional information on the implementation of ICZM;
  • Provide an overview of the main activities undertaken in and by EU coastal Member States, progress achieved and needs as regards further ICZM implementation;
  • Organise stakeholder input to discuss and validate the contract's findings;
  • Report on the results.

The Inception Report can be downloaded here.

The Final Report can be downloaded here.

Study on Options for coastal information systems

This study looks into options and requirements to strengthen the (public) availability, sharing and use of information through the implementation of distributed coastal information systems (e.g. coastal atlas, observatory, information portal, network or collaborative GIS).

The contract's specific objectives are to:

  • Identify existing coastal information systems, and select a number of representative examples for in-depth analysis;
  • Describe the available technical solutions and analyse their advantages and limitations;
  • Analyse the content needs so as to adequately cover all aspects of integrated coastal zone management;
  • Develop  key structuring policy requirements for consideration at EU level;
  • Provide a full description of the options and a comprehensive assessment of conditions underpinning the development of the coastal information systems;
  • Organise stakeholders input, in particular as regards the validation of the policy options and their assessment;
  • Document the findings, the policy requirement proposals, their assessment and stakeholder feedback in a report.

More information about the study and the workshop  can be found here:

The final report of the study can be found here.

A study to assess the impacts of the policy options for a follow-up proposal to the EU ICZM Recommendation.

This specific objectives of this study are to:

  • gather information from various publications, research articles and integrate results of the
  • public consultation;
  • establish a baseline for the impact assessment;
  • define and apply a robust methodology to identify and assess the impacts of the policy
  • options, both qualitatively and quantitatively (depending on the impacts), and when relevant including costs and benefits;
  • establish criteria to compare the options and provide a comparative analysis of the options;
  • recommend indicators for monitoring and evaluation.

The Inception Report can be downloaded here.

The final report can be downloaded here.

A study to model land-use changes in the European coasts

The DG Joint Research Centre delivered a report on "Coastal Zones-Policy alternatives impacts on European Coastal Zones 2000-2050", February 2011 This study applied the EUClueScanner land-use model for the simulation of two policy alternatives relevant to Integrated Coastal Zones Management in Europe. For the period 2000-2050, an ‘Uncontrolled’ and a ‘Sustainable’ option were compared against a third neutral development scenario deduced from the SRES Scenario B1.  A set of indicators were computed on the basis of the projected European land use maps.