Integrated Coastal Zone Management

"ICZM Strategy for the Wadden Sea Region"



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The Wadden Sea Forum has taken up ICZM as a process for achieving sustainable development of the Wadden Sea. The WSF has further developed the ICZM process, including guidance on further specification and recommendations for ICZM to add value to the sustainable development of the Wadden Sea Region. In particular, this means integrating specific cross-sectoral and transboundary strategies, actions and techniques which are environmentally sound, economically viable and socially beneficial.
The increasing uses of the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) further off-shore of the protected Wadden Sea have led the WSF to enlarge the scope of its work regarding ICZM objectives. Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) as an instrument in Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP) follows principles similar to ICZM. MSP and ICZM can therefore be combined in the strategy for the Wadden Sea Region.
The ICZM strategy builds on the strategic results documented in "Breaking the Ice" and has been further developed and adapted to ongoing developments and future requirements. The ICZM strategy encompasses a number of sustainability objectives which are relevant for implementing the strategy. For working on the objectives of its ICZM Strategy, the WSF follows the principles formulated by the EU in its 2002 recommendation on ICZM. These principles, based on experiences and good practice as identified, inter alia, in the Commission’s demonstration programme on integrated coastal zone management between 1999 and 2002 are recognized as a way of how to ensure good coastal zone management.
The application of ICZM in general is implemented by a use and combination of multiple instruments, like legal and economic instruments, voluntary agreements, information provision, technological solutions, research and education.
The WSF also uses instruments which encourage the ICZM process and are integral to implementing the ICZM strategy. The WSF instruments are used to reach the vision and objectives and follow the described ICZM principles.
Subsequently and based on the work of the WSF and its working groups and particularly based on the working group ICZM with its integrational character, a set of recommendations has been drawn up to address national, regional and local authorities as well as various other sectors and stakeholders.

Members of the working group

Birgit Gerkensmeier - Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht, D
Andreas Kannen - GKSS Forschungszentrum, D
Ingrid Klinge - energyvalley, NL
Frank Ahlhorn - Küste und Raum und EUCC-D, D

Heiner Mattfeld - DEA Deutsche Erdöl AG, D
Petra Sewig - Nds.Ministerium für Ernährung,Landwirtschaft,Verbraucherschutz, D
Ole Beck Andresen - Esbjerg Municipality, DK

Meeting dates and documents of the WSF working group can be found in our archive.


Study of Bremer Energie Institut:
"Inventory and analysis of impacts of power plants in the Wadden Sea region"
(98pp, English, 1,5 MB)




ICZM Workshop on 11 June 2009 in Hamburg, D

"Integrating Policies and Practice - A new Protocol?"
by Alex Midlen from Coast Net, UK

"ICZM implementation in the Wadden Sea region: added value for the Trilateral Cooperation?"
by Bastian Schuchardt from BioConsult, Bremen, D


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