Title: Operationalising Sustainable Development: a Transdisciplinary Approach to Coastal Planning
Authors: SANTORO Francesca Maria
Publication Year: 2007
JRC N°: JRC37394
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC37394
Type: PhD Theses
Abstract: Over the last thirty years, the sustainability concept has been the catalyst for much interdisciplinary research dealing with the complex problem of natural resources management and emerging global issues such as climate change. Nevertheless, acknowledgement by the international community of the need for a new mode to deal with complex relationships between humans and nature does not entail that sustainability has actually come into play. Methods and tools adopted till the moment have failed in describing and capturing this complexity. The specific issue considered in this thesis regards the management and the planning of coastal areas, which represents an emblematic example of complex systems. Mainstream policies and strategies related to coastal zone management acknowledge it, calling for an integrated approach, which has, however, till the moment failed to demonstrate its fully applicability in practise. The methodology proposed here adopt a transdisciplinary and systems approach, as well as the idea of cooperation and inclusion of the different social actors, for the creation of a learning community, where a diverse group of people work together to nurture and sustain a knowledge creating system. COAST (COllaborative Assessment Support Tools) is designed to be an explorative and learning cycle integrating social research methods with ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ operation research (OR) methods. The thesis had adopted a case study approach to test its fundamental hypothesis. The case study is Ka?tela Bay, a semi-enclosed bay situated along the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea in the Croatian Split-Dalmatian region.
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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