Journal of Coastal Conservation

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 445–455 | Cite as

An analysis of beach management framework in Spain. Study case: the Catalonian coast

  • Eduard ArizaEmail author


In the present paper, the current beach management framework in the North-Western Mediterranean coast (Catalonia, Spain) was revised. Beach management was analyzed using the concepts of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM). The history of beach management in the second half of the 20 century and the new developments in the academic field and in the practical beach management sector during the last decade were studied. The revision of legal texts and strategies in the Catalan coast allowed synthesizing all scattered information affecting beach management. A SWOT analysis was performed. The main strengths of the beach management framework in Catalonia are the public ownership of beaches, which allows the government to carry out a comprehensive management and the recent data and analysis provided by the adopted National and Autonomous ICZM strategies. The weaknesses found were related to the functioning of traditional existing institutions. New opportunities are related to the possibility of establishing new institutions that conduct a more inclusive and proactive management. The main threat is that although the possibility for a fundamental change in beach management organization exists, resources available are not fully exploited.


Beach management Spain Integration Institutions Strategies 



This work was supported by the MeVaPlaya project REN 2003-09029-CO3/MAR and a predoctoral I3P fellowship from the Spanish Research Council (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory for Coastal ResearchFlorida International UniversityMiamiUSA

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