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Our maritime heritage has cultural, physical and ecological dimensions. It embraces the legacies of past generations their traditions and natural features of both coastal and offshore environments.

Review of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) and Principles of Best Practice

In November 2002, the Heritage Council commissioned the Coastal and Marine Resources Centre (CMRC) in Cork to carry out a review of best practice in Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) at a national and international scale. Its purpose was to inform the Marine and Coastal Committee on developments in this area, particularly in relation to:

  • Providing a succinct review of best practice procedures for ICZM.
  • Summarising the findings of those practices most commonly used at different levels of administration and those that seemed to be more site/area specific.

During the course of the project, it was modified to an overview of ICZM practice. Common principles were identified from international projects, particularly the EU Demonstration projects, including the Bantry Bay Charter. Examination of the Irish experience of ICZM formed a substantial section of the research. Techniques in the implementation of the ICZM and mechanisms to engage the public and other involved agencies are also reviewed.

While conclusions in this report represent the views of the CMRC rather than those of the Heritage Council, the Heritage Council is circulating this report in order to stimulate debate on ICZM issues, as well informing policy makers and those working in the coastal zone of current practice.

Visit our publications section to download the Review of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) and Principles of Best Practice.