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June 03, 2011

Irish Stakeholders call for binding ICZM

At a Public Hearing in Brussels on 30 May to discuss future policy on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) a number of Irish stakeholders requested the European Commission to establish legislation binding Member States to fully implement ICZM in the planning and management of coastal areas. Currently, a non-binding EU recommendation from 2002, which defined the principles of sound coastal planning and management, is in place and earlier this year the European Commission undertook an on-line consultation to review the ICZM recommendation, with a view to a follow-up proposal by the end of 2011. Participants at the subsequent Public Hearing received preliminary outcomes of the consultation from the European Commission.

On the issue of a binding or non-binding framework for ICZM, no clear consensus has emerged from the consultation. However, support for EU financial assistance to be provided to implement ICZM principles and practices does seem to be apparent. Nonetheless, the Commission was noticeably reticent at the Public Hearing about the need for a stronger legislative framework and not overly optimistic on the funding issue. Both DG environment and DG Maritime Affairs expressed the need for better governance of the marine and coastal area, the need for coherence between land and sea planning and between existing legislative instruments and the need for longer-term thinking and a move away from the 'project approach' to the programme-based approach.


Posted by iroronan at June 3, 2011 11:29 AM