On 23 July 2014 the European Parliament and the European Council adopted the new European directive on Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) – (Directive 2014/89/EU), establishing a framework for maritime spatial planning and integrated coastal management. Maritime spatial planning will contribute to the effective management of marine activities and the sustainable use of marine and coastal resources, by creating a framework for consistent, transparent, sustainable and evidence-based decision-making.
Since 1989, EUCC has been Europe’s leading organisation when it comes to the development and implementation of integrated coastal management and the recommendations on this topic.
Coastal policy’s formulation and implementation is the raison d’être for EUCC. Our experience and network knowledge base intends to provide support towards meeting the newly adopted MSP Directive requirement of ‘ land-sea interactions’:
- EUCC aim to continue supporting the (further) development and implementation of MSP, with particular attention to the land-sea interactions within the EU and neighbouring countries, especially at regional seas level. We believe that over 20 years of ICM experience can be best applied to the implementation of the EU MSP Directive and to further support the ICM/MSP Group of Experts. This goal is especially relevant regarding governance and stakeholder engagement for better co-ordination.
- Since its creation, EUCC is a member of the EU ICM Expert Group (former ICZM) and actively participates in meetings of the EU ICZM Expert Group and recently during the Joint ICM/MSP Expert Groups meetings. Following the process towards a legal ICM/MSP instrument, EUCC released a Position Paper for the Integration of Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) and Maritime Spatial Planning Directive (2014).
- EUCC aims to ensure that MSP will learn from the experience of ICM principles applied to coastal management in order to avoid the risk of poor connectivity between terrestrial & maritime planning which ultimately may slow down planning, risking poor and unsustainable decisions. In order to achieve this, we will mobilise our members through the EUCC Thematic Expert Group (TEG) “Land-Sea Interactions to support MSP” (formed in September 2014), that consists of a core group of international experts from various EU member states that jointly will address these issue by providing advice and liaising with relevant experts throughout coastal Europe.
- At the Regional Seas level, EUCC has been following and contributing to the work as observer of the OSPAR and HELCOM Conventions, as well as following closely the Black Sea and Mediterranean regional seas developments. Its EUCC Mediterranean Centre is UNEP MAP Partner.
Selection of projects:
PUTTING ICZM INTO PRACTISE (EUROPEAN UNION, 2009-2012)
OURCOAST is a three-year project commissioned by the Directorate General (DG) Environment of the European Commission to support and ensure the exchange of experiences and best practices in coastal planning and management. Through OURCOAST, the European Commission aims to ensure that lessons learned from the coastal management experiences and practices will be shared and made accessible to those who are seeking sustainable solutions to their coastal management practices.
OURCOAST focuses in particular on adaptation to risks and the impacts of climate change, information and communication systems, planning and land management instruments, and institutional coordination mechanisms.
OURCOAST is a further step in the joint efforts of the European Commission, Member States, coastal regions and networks to support and implement sustainable coastal planning and management.
Client: European Commission
Financing Agency: European UnionOURCOAST Brochures
Young Professionals Coastal Community (YPCC)
The YPCC initiative will be based on the principles of: “Working together and sharing knowledge on impacts and solutions between experts and students by developing challenging training programmes with appealing field work guided by experts.”
The YPCC initiative will entail the establishment of an e-communication platform, the set-up of an international core group of experts performing as guest-lecturers (YPCC Mentor group) and the continuation of the ICZM fieldwork, all in close cooperation with the experts.YPCC Brochure
(EUROPEAN UNION, 2010-2013)
SUSTAIN – Assessing sustainability and strengthening operational policy – is 3-year project involving 12 partner organisations from across the EU. Its objectives are that, at the end of three years, the project should have produced a policy tool, which entails a unique set of sustainability indicators; indicators which are readily measurable and which can be applied to all 22 EU member states for the integrated management of coastal issues. These indicators are to enable development activities in coastal areas to be measured so that authorities using them will be able to know whether they are moving towards or away from sustainable development.
Client: The entire EU coastal community
Financing Agency: European Union (European Regional Development Fund) INTERREG IVCSUSTAIN Brochures
ICZM distance training programme for Europe
CoastLearn is a European internet based vocational training package on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) created in 2000 by EUCC in partnership with a large number of other organisations in Europe. This in-depth self-learning tool targets primarily coastal managers and planners working at local, sub-national, and national levels. The secondary target groups are university students and NGOs. While CoastLearn is tailored to the training and technical needs of countries in transition (it is available in 13 European languages), it has proven to be of value for non-target countries as well. The programme is accessible on-line free of charge and EUCC aims to keep the website online and respond to information requests from users and potential partners.
CoastLearn is not meant to become a final product. It has continued growing ever after its conception. New modules have being added and existing CoastLearn modules continue updating, upgrading and being translated into new languages. Its development depends on the availability of funding and for that reason some versions are more developed or updated than others. We intend to make efforts to keep CoastLearn growing as long as the need for it persists.