Contemporary Issues in Integrated Coastal Zone management

Short Description/Aims

The course covers the following information: Basic theory of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) and its applications to different sectors, including the shipping sector; Basic oceanographic phenomena of relevance to ICZM; A review of evolving management concepts, principles and processes and the application of these in case studies from Arctic, temperate and tropical areas; Analysis of multiple use management problems typical for the coastal areas with the maritime industry included; Typical problems related to sectors such as tourism and fisheries in the ICZM context; Policy and legislation; Stakeholder participation; Climate change and ICZM; Maritime spatial planning; International, regional and national regulations and guidelines.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Understand the complexity of anthropogenic impacts on coasts and oceans, the changing marine environment;
  • Appreciate the functions of ICZM concepts in dealing with management issues in coastal and marine areas;
  • Understand the evolving management concepts and principals for ICZM;
  • Be able to better deal with ICZM issues in their home countries;
  • Understand the particular problems related to climate change, fisheries, tourism, biodiversity protection and maritime transport. 

Course Outline

  • Impacts of human activities in coastal and ocean areas;
  • The ICZM concept and its application in typical case studies;
  • The particular challenges related to climate change, expanding tourism, declining fisheries, intensive shipping and biodiversity protection;
  • Communication, research, integration, institutional arrangements, regulations, stakeholder participation, the role of the private sector in ICZM;  
  • Economic opportunities, public-private partnerships;
  • Performance indicators.

Teaching & Learning Methods

  • Lectures
  • Discussions, partly based on participants own cases

Who should attend

• Managers and officers in local and central government agencies and industry; • Officers in ports and shipping companies; • Post-graduate researchers, NGO representatives

Additional Information

A basic background and knowledge from the coastal and ocean sector is an advantage.
Participants should prepare case study material from their home country.

Course length

4 days

EC Credit

2.0 EC

Mode of Delivery

Open Enrollment


Olof Lindén

Professor, Nippon Chair in Marine Environmental Management, Dr. Linden also holds a part time professorship in Coastal Management at the University of Kalmar.

Henrik Nilsson

Henrik joined WMU in 2010 and has been involved in a project focusing on transboundary water management. The particular focus has been on the Öresund between Sweden and Denmark where he, together with local and regional stakeholders, develops a Marine Spatial Plan for the Sound that illustrates increasing competing interest for the sea space.