pril 2005

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Regional Coordination Unit Newsletter


Edito April 2005

I first would like to applaud the publishing of the first issue of the bulletin “littoral”, a newsletter for coastal areas and spaces of the Moroccan Ministry of Planning, Water and Environment. The first issue was published at the time of the convening of the ‘conference for the coast’ organized on 10 March 2005 in Rabat. The bulletin, as well as the recommendations of the conference, proposes an ambitious plan of action and the strengthening of the work of the ‘Cellule Littoral’ that was recently created and established. As a token of the RCU support, I had then wanted to focus this MWC newsletter on ICZM issues, through displaying some of the work carried out by the MWC national components and also proposing a number of links, resources and training opportunities in this field.

Happy reading!

MWC Maroc: Editorial du premier bulletin des esapces littoraux...

MWC Lebanon:
Tyr Coast Nature Reserve: Turtle

MWC Lebanon has ordered turtle tags this year and will be tagging turtles this season with a local code for Tyre Coast Nature Reserve. The code is LB-TR. If one finds any turtles on the MWC beaches with that tag, contact the MWC Lebanon team!

As reflected in resolution 41 of COP8, a Wetlands Training and Research Center for Western and Central Asia  has  opened  in Ramsar, I.R.Iran. The Terms of Reference for the "Center" was revised and adopted during a meeting held on 27-28 February 2005 in the coastal city of Ramsar.  For more information about the "Center" please visit:
http://www.ramsarcenter-cwa.org/ (in English)

Edito Avril 2005

Cet éditorial veut tout d’abord saluer la publication du premier numéro du bulletin « littoral », bulletin des espaces littoraux du Ministère marocain de l’Aménagement du Territoire, de l’Eau et de l’Environnement. Diffuse en parallèle à la journée du 10 mars 2005 – journée d’étude nationale sur la gestion intégrée du littoral, ce bulletin ainsi que les recommandations de l’événement annonce un plan d’action ambitieux et le renforcement du travail de la ‘Cellule Littoral’ nouvellement cree. En guise d’accompagnement, j’ai ainsi voulu axer cette newsletter MWC sur les problématiques zones côtières, en relayant le travail fait dans le cadre de MWC mais aussi en proposant des liens et contacts vers des formations, des publications ressources et des événements.

Bonne lecture!

ICZM news / GIZC info

MWC RCU: references, training opportunities and contacts related to ICZM issues


- MEDCOAST INSTITUTE 2006: Integrated Coastal management in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. 29 August - 13 September 2006, Dalyan - The Aegean coast, Turkey

This is a comprehensive hands-on training program on integrated coastal management specific to the needs of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. The Institute includes one-week long fieldwork carried out on a sailing boat along the Aegean coast in addition to dynamic in-class teaching. The training program is targeted at professionals holding mid-managerial positions in their central governments and being responsible for planning and execution of programs or projects on coastal and marine issues. The other groups of interest are employees of coastal municipalities, non-governmental environmental organisations, universities and research centers.

MEDCOAST Secretariat
Middle East Technical University
06531 Ankara.
Tel: (90) 312 210 54 29 - 35 / Fax: (90) 312 210 14 12
Web: www.medcoast.org.tr

 - PAP-RAC MEDOPEN - Distance learning course / par correspondence et Internet

This training course aims to assist Mediterranean countries in building capacities for coastal management. It has been globally agreed that the Integrated Coastal Area Management (whether its acronym be ICAM, ICZM, or ICM) is an optimal approach to a successful coastal management. Such an approach will be used in this training course. Target users of MedOpen are decision makers (at the local, national, regional, and international level), policy advisors, project managers, staff and experts from international organisations and institutions, academic researchers, students, and all others interested in coastal management. The first run of both, the advanced and basic training courses, started on April 19th 2004, and finished on August 27th 2004.

When the date for the next MedOpen Advanced course run is decided, the announcement will appear on this web page.

Priority Actions Programme/Regional Activity Centre (PAP/RAC)

Kraj Sv. Ivana 11, HR-21000 Split, Croatia
Tel: (385) (21) 34 04 70 / fax: (385) (21) 34 04 90
Web: http://www.pap-thecoastcentre.org

-  CoastLearn

CoastLearn is a distance Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) vocational training package that makes extensive use of the electronic media. The package is tailored to the training and technical needs of countries in transition, and aims to target coastal managers and planners working at local, sub-national, and national levels. The secondary target group are universities and NGOs. It is an on-line, free of charge, flexible training tool. CoastLearn is divided in thematic modules that can be studied independently. Even not yet fully developed it is already a powerful training tool and a starting point for the learning process giving access through links and references to in depth information on each topic addressed. CoastLearn is further a multilingual tool, being already available in English and Polish and under translation into Russian and Turkish. In addition, CoastLearn aims to exchange knowledge and practice experience, support ICZM processes and promote trans-national and trans-sectoral networks.
http://www.netcoast.nl/coastlearn/website/index.html or www.coastlearn.org

Carolina Pérez Valverde
Project Manager
EUCC The Coastal Union
P.O.Box 11232
2301 EE Leiden
The Netherland

-  Management (ICZM) has developed coastal regions of their countries and that University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center's - Summer Institute in Coastal Management

May 29 - June 16, 2006

The University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center's Summer Institute in Coastal Management is an intensive three-week program for early to mid-career coastal resources management professionals from developing countries, who are seeking an introduction to integrated approaches and skills for coastal management. The Program provides participants with practical skills to design, implement, and learn from integrated coastal management (ICM) programs and experiences from around the world. The focus is on applying integrated thinking to critical coastal issues such as but not limited to livelihood development, sustainable shorefront planning, sustainable fisheries management, gender equity, tourism, mariculture, and hazards mitigation. The program also provides training in other professional skills useful to the coastal management professional - skills such as communications, group facilitation, and conflict resolution.

Program Fee: $5,000 covers all costs of the training program including tuition, meals, housing, field trips, reading materials, and special events. Fees do not cover the cost of travel to and from Rhode Island. Participants should bring additional funds to cover personal expenses. For further information, contact

Kim Kaine
Coastal Resources
Center University of Rhode Island
kkaine@gso.uri.edu or apply on-line at http://www.crc.uri.edu


The UNEP-MAP Priority Actions Program/Regional Activity Centre (PAP/RAC) also know as the Coastal Center has lots of useful and interesting guidelines, case studies, reports and materials on coastal zone management. The site also has a clearing house mechanism, newly restructured.
-  http://www.pap-thecoastcentre.org

The NetCoast web site provided by the National Institute for Coastal and Marine Management, The Hague, The Netherlands, is certainly one of the most useful coastal management resources on the web. The site is a guide to CZM, and provides a overview of CZM Conferences, training programs, networks, links, tutorials, and publications, and also has a CZM glossary.
-  http://www.verkeerenwaterstaat.nl/?lc=uk

Another valuable web-resource is the homepage of the Coastal Resource Center at the University of Rhode Island at Narragansett. The center is also the publisher of the Intercoast Newsletter. Center for the Study of Marine Policy at the University of Delaware.
-  http://www.crc.uri.edu

The home page of the Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ) Project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program, is oriented towards natural science.
-  http://www.nioz.nl/loicz

EUCC - The Coastal Union is an association with members and member organisations in 40 countries. Founded in 1989 with the aim of promoting coastal conservation by bridging the gap between scientists, environmentalists, site managers, planners and policy makers, it has grown since then into the largest network of coastal practitioners and experts in Europe, with 14 National Branches and offices in seven countries. Their working area is Europe and neighboring regions (especially the Black Sea, the Caspian and the Mediterranean). EUCC's mission is to promote coastal management that integrates biodiversity conservation with those forms of development that sustain the integrity of landscapes, the cultural heritage and the social fabric of our coasts taking into account the effects of climate change. EUCC advocates best practice by developing coastal and marine policies, mobilising experts and stakeholders, providing advice and information, and implementing demonstration projects. Their website is full of interesting reports and news.
-  http://www.eucc.net/index.htm


-  http://www.netcoast.nl/training/onl...

A Trainers' Manual for Integrated Coastal Management Capacity Development

"A Trainers' Manual for Integrated Coastal Management Capacity Development" is an output from the Integrated Coastal Zone Management and Training (ICZOMAT) Project funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). This manual is designed for organisations and individuals who wish to develop a training programme for Integrated Coastal Management (ICM). ICM presents a number of chal-lenges for a trainer: How to prevent single disciplines and sectors from dominating the teaching agenda; how to present a process for ICM that provides opportunity for inputs from all; and deciding teaching styles, methods and content that promotes a vision of the reality of coastal issues focussed on the uses and users of coastal resources? The manual text provides guidelines for an approach to ICM, and the development, operation and provision of a capacity building programme that can assist in the strengthening of approaches to ICM.
- http://www.envision.uk.com/download... (Envision is a consultancy and research group providing environmental services to the International community)

PAP-RAC guidelines on ICZM, in particular

UNEP, Guidelines for Integrated Management of Coastal and Marine Areas, UNEP Regional Seas Reports and Studies, N°161. 1995, 80 p.

Trumbic I., Cocossis H., Henocque Y., Jeftic L., Juhasz F., Kalaora B., Evaluation d'Initiatives de Gestion Intégrée des Régions Littorales Méditerranéennes, expériences du METAP et du PAM, 1988-1996, 63 p. + annexes

PAP/METAP : Améliorer la mise en œuvre des programmes de gestion des zones côtières, PAP/METAP/W.2/1. Split, Programme d'Actions Prioritaires/ Centre d'activités régionales (PAP/RAC), 2002, 263 p.

IOC of UNESCO has published a number of technical reports and the one that is getting quoted often as a reference for ICZM:

UNESCO, Methodological guide to integrated coastal zone management, Manuals and Guides, 36 et 42, COI, MAB, PHI, Unesco 1997, 47p. / UNESCO. 2001. Commission océanographique intergouvernementale, Manuels et Guides n° 36 et 42, des outils et des hommes pour une gestion intégrée des zones côtières - Guide méthodologique vol. I et II.

Lessons from the European Commission's demonstration program on integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) April 1999, (on line: http://europa.eu.int/ ).

Cicin-Sain, B. and Knecht R.W., 1998. Integrated coastal and ocean management concepts and experiences. Washington DC, Island Press.

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MWC Albania: Seminar on presentation of management plans
March 23, 2005.
According to the project planning, the Albanian MWC organized a seminar focused on the management planning of the wetland ecosystems of Vlora Region.
The seminar took place on 23rd March 2005 in Vlora.
Complete and detailed information available on the PDF document attached to this article.
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Public Awareness

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