Title: The Coastal Dimension of Maritime Spatial Planning
Authors: BARALE Vittorio
Citation: Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on the Mediterranean Coastal Environment, MEDCOAST 11 vol. 2 p. 933-944
Publisher: MEDCOAST, Mediterranean Coastal Foundation
Publication Year: 2011
JRC N°: JRC67880
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC67880
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) is considered a key instrument for the implementation of the EU Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP), which aims to ensure the economic development of coastal and marine areas in a sustainable manner. Coastal zones constitute the “hinge” between land and sea developments, so that MSP must coordinate, and overlap where required, with Integrated Coastal Management (ICM), using a common ecosystem approach. The selection of suitable geographical units, where this approach can be taken, and MSP/ICM applied, requires the assessment of ecological provinces, characterized by a coherent set of environmental traits. Ideally this can be done on the basis of synoptic Remote Sensing (RS) data, to cover space/time scales not accessible by other means. Sample data for the Mediterranean Sea provide examples of the coverage obtainable for a set of complementary ecosystem indicators.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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