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|Section||Session 14 – Building capacity for adaptation: the ecosystems approach|
|Published online||09 May 2011|
The Relevance Of Systems Approaches To Integrated Coastal Zone Management Practice In Europe
School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University
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2 School of Geography and Geosciences/Scottish Oceans Institute, University of St.Andrews
SPICOSA1, an EU FP6 funded project, running between 2007-2011, has developed a systems approach framework (SAF), to support Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) practices across 18 study sites in Europe. During the third year of the project, a review was undertaken to assess the relevance of the SAF in theory and in practice. This paper will provide an introduction to the SPICOSA project and set the context with a review of European ICZM capacity building activities. It will then summarise some of the key steps involved in developing a systems approach framework before considering developments in practice. Discussion will focus on the review of 4 of the 18 study sites, and in particular:
a) how a systems approach has assisted implementation of ICZM Principles
b) whether a systems approach has assisted strategic management of coastal zones
c) which aspects of a systems approach have been most useful in facilitating technical management of coastal zones
d) capacity for action of stakeholders
e) limitations of systems approaches in ICZM practices.
The paper will conclude with an overview of lessons learned from the SPICOSA experience and consideration of how systems approaches have the potential to positively influence ICZM practices in the future.
Key words: systems approaches / integrated coastal zone management / capacity building
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