Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) is a process for the management of the coast using an integrated approach, regarding all aspects of the coastal zone, including geographical and political boundaries, in an attempt to achieve sustainability.

The hallmarks of ICZM according to the 2002/413/EC Recommendation are Integration across sectors and levels of governance, as well as a Participatory and knowledge-based approach.

Therefore, our common territorial challenge in SustainBaltic is: How to enhance the current coastal and marine networks so that we can ensure the sustainable use of the sea-land interface directed by ICZM?

We believe in tackling this challenge by increasing cross-border planning on sea-land interfaces and develop the ICZM procedure based on our experiences in the case areas. That way we also support public discussion between the stakeholders, professional planners and the residents, entrepreneurs, visitors of coastal areas, among the other end-users.

‚ÄčPromotion of cross-border ICZM planning in SustainBaltic project is parallel to the objectives of the Central Baltic Programme along EU’s strategic guiding by the Recommendation of the European Parliament (2002/413/EC) on the ICZM implementation and the Directive of Maritime spatial planning (2014/89/EU). Photo: Reija Hietala.