project part-financed by the European Union

Work Package 4

Spatial Planning

Planning plays a key role in ICZM. Unfortunately, many of the spatial planning laws and procedures do not stand up to the requirements of modern Integrated Coastal Zone Management. Spatial plans according to ICZM criteria should be defined according to ecological and functional rather than administrative borders – which is rarely the case at the moment, to name just one example.

PlanCoast is going to link ICZM to statutory spatial planning processes in a selected number of pilot projects. The long – term objective is to optimise the relevant spatial planning policies on both national and regional level.


Spatial Planning in Action Working Group is going to:

  • Compare current role of spatial planning in ICZM throughout the Baltic, Adriatic and Black Sea Region
  • Identify gaps in ICZM implementation within each project sea and each country
  • Preparation or update of spatial plans according to ICZM principles for Palombina Beach (Italy), Pomorskie (Poland), Piran (Slovenia), Albanian Coast (Albania), Varna (Bulgaria), Constanta (Romania) and the Tulcea ⁄ Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve (Romania)
  • Compare pilot project implementation and derive common conclusions
  • On this basis develop common recommendations for national and transnational policy – makers

see PlanCoast Action Plan

Introduction in Spatial Planning in ICZM in Action

Giuseppe Bortone

Sharing ICZM experiences and suggestions for PlanCoast

Robbert Misdorp