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Implementing integrated coastal zone management in a national policy vacuum: local case studies from Ireland

O'Hagan, A. M. and Ballinger, Rhoda Catherine ORCID: 2010. Implementing integrated coastal zone management in a national policy vacuum: local case studies from Ireland. Ocean & Coastal Management 53 (12) , pp. 750-759. 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2010.10.014

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Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) is widely advocated at all levels of governance as a means of delivering sustainable development in coastal areas. This paper explores the status and characteristics of various forms of ICZM at the local level given that it is at this level that most ICZM activity currently takes place. In this context, local level ICZM includes agency-led initiatives, local pilot projects and bottom-up approaches. Providing empirical evidence about the relative strengths and weaknesses of these various models for local delivery, this paper presents an overview, critique of and lessons learned from approaches in Ireland, where there is no over-arching national coastal management policy to provide any steer for management. The potential for local government involvement in these approaches is emphasised, particularly in bottom-up and local projects which foster strengthened management capacity within local government with limited resource implications. Whilst the paper highlights difficult jurisdictional issues in the Irish context, the potential for improved coastal management, through continued local government involvement in ICZM networks and local projects, as well as through the implementation of the European Integrated Maritime Policy and Marine Strategy Framework Directive, is outlined.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: Earth and Environmental Sciences
Subjects: J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0964-5691
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 12:34

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