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Integrated Coastal Zone Management

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French title: Schéma d'Aménagement Intégré du Littoral
Acronym: SAIL
Period: January 2004 till October 2005
Status: Completed

Institutes (2)  Top | Publications 
  • Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), more
  • Province of West Flanders; Regional Cooperation Coast
    • Belpaeme, Kathy

The SAIL partnership is a trans-national effort bordering the Southern North Sea, seeking regeneration of regional economies of Zeeland (NL), West-Flanders (B), Nord Pas de Calais (F), Kent and Essex (U.K.), and the protection and enhancement of its cultural and natural diversity. The EU ICZM Recommendation and Guidelines (May 2002), underline the relevance of indicators to monitor change in the state of the coastal and marine environments, to assess trends in socio-economic pressures and conditions and to appraise the effectiveness of policies in addressing these issues.

Based on the Vision Statement of the partnership, and guided by the EU proposal for methodology and indicators to support Member States in preparing their ICZM National Strategies, a suite of 35 indicators for measuring sustainability in the ‘SAIL region’ was selected. Policy relevance, measurability, performance, data availability, communicative value and specifically trans-national compatibility, were the main criteria for evaluation and selection of the indicators for each of the seven EU ICZM policy goals. The selection also related to indicators in use for measuring sustainability at a local level, hence reflecting regional priority issues while keeping within a global European strategic framework (Water Framework Directive, Habitat Directive, Maritime Thematic Strategy).

The proposal is developed in close cooperation with the EU ICZM Expert Group under guidance of the European Topic Centre. The challenge for the ICZM approach is to integrate and identify causal relations between environmental, socio-economic and governance performance components within a Pressure-State-Response framework. Effects of ICZM must also be monitored against specific baselines and goals.

Data capture started during the second half of March 2004. Information will be available for end users through the Internet (databank and mapping interface) both at the level of the SAIL region and for the different sub regions, The first “State of the Southern North Sea Report” will be presented in September 2005.

Publications (3)  Top | Institutes 
  • Bracke, S. (2004). GIS on indicators of sustainable development for the SAIL coastal region: description and preliminary results. Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)/Schéma d'Aménagement Intégré du Littoral (SAIL): Oostende. 49 pp.
  • Lescrauwaet, A.-K. et al. (2004). Indicators of sustainable development in the SAIL coastal region: sustainabilty indicators for ICZM in the SAIL region. Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ): Oostende. 50 pp.
  • Lescrauwaet, A.-K. et al. (Ed.) (2006). State of the coast of the Southern North Sea: an indicators-based approach to evaluating sustainable development in the coastal zone of the Southern North Sea. VLIZ Special Publication, 36. Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ): Oostende. ISBN 90-810081-1-0. 140 pp.

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