Major New Publication on Integration of Activities in the European Coastal Zone

COEXIST Guidelines DocumentA significant new publication on integration of activities in the European coastal zone is now available. Guidance on a Better Integration of Aquaculture, Fisheries, and other Activities in the Coastal Zone: from tools to practical examples provides a comprehensive assessment of the conflicts and synergies between fisheries, aquaculture and other activities in the coastal zones of six case study areas: Hardangarfjord (Norway); Atlantic coast areas (Ireland and France); the Adriatic Sea coast (Italy); the Algarve coast (Portugal); the Coastal North Sea (Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands); and the Baltic Sea (Finland).

The publication arises from the FP7-funded COEXIST project, which aimed to provide a roadmap for achieving better integration, sustainability and cooperation across the diverse activities now taking place in the European coastal zone. The project has now finished and the results will provide a framework to assist with the resolution of the existing and future conflicts related to interactions between aquaculture, fisheries and other sectors, and will contribute to the sustainable development of coastal zones at local and regional levels.

Guidance on a Better Integration of Aquaculture, Fisheries, and other Activities in the Coastal Zone: from tools to practical examples is a major output of the project and will be of significant interest to stakeholders in aquaculture, fisheries, coastal zone management, spatial planning, tourism, and energy, as well as policy makers.

The publication accounts for the views and expectations of stakeholders and includes descriptions of methods and tools that have been applied and tested across the case studies in order to answer specific questions addressing economic, ecological and social dimensions in marine spatial planning.

To download an electronic copy of Guidance on a Better Integration of Aquaculture, Fisheries, and other Activities in the Coastal Zone: from tools to practical examples and to access further information about the COEXIST project, please visit www.coexistproject.eu.

For press queries, or to request a hard copy of the publication, please contact Niamh Dornan, Communications Officer, AquaTT (niamh@aquatt.ie Tel: +353 1 644 9008).

flagsThe research leading to these results has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement no 245178. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the European Union cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.