Coastal zone management conference comes to Galway – Fishupdate.com

Coastal zone management conference comes to Galway Published:  24 October, 2006

THE Marine Institute, Co. Galway, will host a workshop, which will focus on the implications of the recent EU Green Paper on the Marine for Coastal Zone Management, next month.

The workshop, due to be held on November 8, is being organised by CoastNet and is part of the COREPOINT (Coastal Research & Policy Integration) project. Fernandez Diez Picazo, a representative from the European Commission Task Force and Marine Policy unit, will give the keynote presentation.

The COREPOINT project is funded by the EU Interreg 3B Programme and has 12 partners, including CoastNet, the international coastal and marine networking organisation, and is coordinated by the Coastal and Marine Resources Centre, University College Cork.

“COREPOINT aims are to build both European and local capacity in implementing coastal management plans, to promote social and political responsibility for the coastal environment, and to provide concrete solutions for current management problems,” said Val Cummins, Manager of the CMRC. “We hope that this workshop and the future development of a European Maritime Policy will be an important stepping stone towards the sustainable development of Ireland’s coastal resources.”

Speaking for the Marine Institute, Dr Peter Heffernan welcomed the challenge of meeting the economic needs of coastal communities within a policy framework that also reflects the principles of sustainable development. He said: “The main questions facing the workshop are how can we develop a coastal area for tourism, while enhancing the environment, how the attractiveness of our beaches and harbours can be increased while developing maritime industries and to what extent environmental risk is a threat to competitiveness?”

These questions, and many others related to coastal zone management, will be explored at the conference, with outputs submitted to the EU as part of the response to the consultation on the Green Paper.

Full details of the project are available on the COREPOINT website at http://corepoint.ucc.ie/.

Further information on coastal issues can be found on www.coastweb.info.

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