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Astrid Schomaker. About the proposal for a directive on ICZM.


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About the proposal for a directive to establish a framework for integrated coastal management and maritime spatial planning by Astrid Schomaker, Head of unit, Marine Environment and Water Industry, DG Environment.

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Astrid Schomaker. About the proposal for a directive on ICZM.

  1. 1. Integrated Coastal Management and Maritime Spatial Planning European Commission DG Environment Astrid Schomaker Head of Unit Marine Environment and Water Industry
  2. 2. Outline • • • • Coastal challenges MSP/ ICM: What is it about? EU policy framework Proposal for a framework Directive on MSP/ICM • • • • Aims of the proposal Main obligations Benefits State of Play • The proposal and SUSCOD • ICM in practice (Ourcoast)
  3. 3. Coastal Challenges Coastal regions among the most populated and productive This leads to specific problems Coastal areas are extremely vulnerable to climate change impacts.
  4. 4. MSP/ICM: what is it about? Maritime Spatial Planning focuses on mapping existing and potential human activities for the purpose of preparing maritime spatial plans in marine waters.  Instrument: Maritime Spatial Plan Integrated Coastal Management aims for coordinated application of policy processes affecting the coastal zone, addressing land-sea interactions of coastal activities in a coordinated way with a view to ensuring their sustainable development.  Instrument: Integrated Coastal Management Strategies
  5. 5. Maritime Spatial Planning © WWF
  6. 6. Integrated Coastal (Zone) Management © JRC
  7. 7. EU policy framework Integrated Maritime Policy-Marine Directive IMP / Blue Growth economic social environmental (MSFD) Tools (MSP/ICM, Marine Knowledge)
  8. 8. Proposal for a Framework Directive on MSP/ICM (COM(2013) 133) • MSP / ICM can boost maritime growth by facilitating the spatial development of Blue Growth sectors and accelerating maritime investments. • The cross-border nature of the maritime economy requires cooperation and coordination between Member States. • Enhanced environmental protection factored in from the outset including space for nature
  9. 9. Why a joint initiative ? MSP and ICM • Both address the use of coastal and maritime space and management of human activities • Both are support tools for a more integrated decision making process, coordinating potentially competing sector policies • Both tools are multi-sector oriented • Rely on similar key principles • Applied jointly they will improve sea-land interface planning/management
  10. 10. Aims of the proposal Establish a framework for maritime spatial integrated coastal management that promotes: planning and  the sustainable growth of maritime and coastal economies and  the sustainable use of marine and coastal resources But: • Respect subsidiarity and MS competence for town and country planning • Minimise need for MS with MSP/ICZM policies in place to change practices
  11. 11. What will Member States have to do?  Develop and implement maritime spatial plans and coastal management strategies.  Mutually coordinate or integrate plans and strategies to ensure land-sea connectivity.  Cooperate with MS and third countries to ensure coherent approaches across sea-basins.  Consult stakeholders.
  12. 12. Benefits of MSP/ICM proposal • Economic: Reduced costs and increased certainty for private investments. • Environmental: Reduced pressures on environment and improved biodiversity conservation and resilience to climate change. • Social: Improved engagement of population and stakeholders and improved political cooperation climate. • Provides predictability, stability, transparency through EU wide implementation of MSP/ICM • Allows flexibility to apply existing MSP/ICM approaches • Ensures trans-boundary cooperation • Safeguards proportionality and subsidiarity
  13. 13. State of Play • The Commission tabled its proposal in March 2013 • The file is currently being discussed in Council and European Parliament (co-decision) • If Council and Parliament manage a 'first reading agreement' early 2014 (before elections), publication in 2014 is still possible • If not, the file needs further discussion once the new Parliament is in place
  14. 14. The proposal and • Commission proposal sets the 'procedural frame' for ICM strategies • MS reponsible for the substantial content of ICM strategies • Discussions in the ICM expert group meetings show a high need for practical guidance and tools to elaborate strategies The SUSCOD ICZM assistant is such a tool for local authorities and practitioners to develop strategies
  15. 15. ICM in practice • Exchange of experiences and best practices => database of about 350 cases • Key themes include: • • • • Adaptation to coastal risks and climate change Planning and land management instruments Institutional coordination mechanisms Information and communication • The SUSCOD ICZM assistant has been integrated in OURCOAST
  16. 16. Littoral 2012 - 27 November 2012
  17. 17. Thank you for your attention More background information at:
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