Journal of Coastal Conservation

, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 165–173

Coastal erosion management and the European principles of ICZM: local versus strategic perspectives

  • John McKenna
  • J. Andrew G. Cooper
  • Anne Marie O’Hagan
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11852-008-0040-9

Cite this article as:
McKenna, J., Cooper, J.A.G. & O’Hagan, A.M. J Coast Conserv (2009) 13: 165. doi:10.1007/s11852-008-0040-9

Abstract

The European Recommendation on Integrated Coastal Zone Management has six core principles. These form two groups, one concerned with strategic goals and one that has a local focus. The principles are presented as a menu of free-standing options, with no prioritization either within or between groups. In the case of coastal erosion management these characteristics result in irreconcilable conflicts, and actively hinder sustainable management of eroding coasts. The principles require clarification, and recognition that they are an indivisible integrated set which should not be used to select principles to advance a particular agenda. It is essential that the strategic principles are given priority, because only they can underpin a sustainable approach to the issue of coastal erosion.

Keywords

European Principles of ICZMCoastal erosionStrategic versus local conflicts

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • John McKenna
    • 1
  • J. Andrew G. Cooper
    • 1
  • Anne Marie O’Hagan
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Coastal and Marine Research, School of Environmental SciencesUniversity of UlsterColeraineNorthern Ireland
  2. 2.Coastal and Marine Resources CentreUniversity College CorkNaval Base, Haulbowline, Cobh, County CorkIreland