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Marine research coordinators meet in Brussels

Brussels will host a joint meeting of the coordinators of European Commission (EC) marine research projects on European land-ocean interaction studies (ELOISE) and integrated coastal zone management (ICZM), on 1 July 1999.

The meeting will address the need for closer links be...

1 July 1999 - 1 July 1999
Belgium

Brussels will host a joint meeting of the coordinators of European Commission (EC) marine research projects on European land-ocean interaction studies (ELOISE) and integrated coastal zone management (ICZM), on 1 July 1999.

The meeting will address the need for closer links between coastal zone managers and scientists. The organizers will stress that high-quality science, combined with appropriate project management, is the key to sustainable use of European coastal zones.

The event organizers, from the EC, Directorate-General XII, aim to bring together project leaders from DG XI's ICZM Demonstration Programme and DG XII's ELOISE programme.

The ICZM Demonstration Programme comprises projects located in a wide variety of natural, socio-economic and cultural settings. Each project involves an innovative approach to addressing the complex issues posed by management of coastal zones.

The ELOISE programme represents the research contribution to the European Union (EU) initiative on integrated coastal zone management. It comprises 29 projects sponsored by the EC within its programmes Marine Science and Technology (MAST) and Environment and Climate.

Two main objectives of this meeting are:

- The promotion of a concrete exchange of information between European coastal zone science and management;
- The development of suggestions for how future EU policy can facilitate co-operation between science and management with regard to European coastal zones.

The following seven key topics will be discussed in working groups:

- Common language - How can we overcome communication barriers between coastal zone science and management?
- Limits to science - What are the limitations of coastal zone science, what can managers realistically expect?
- Setting priorities - Scientists and managers rarely work at the same time scale. How are priorities set? How can time scales and schedules of needs be matched?
- Nature and management - How can coastal zone science help bridge the gap between natural and administrative time scales?
- Vulgarization of science - How can we further raise awareness and the relevance of science to social and economic concerns and management issues.
- Role of socio-economic - How can scientists better link or interact with socio-economic factors?
- Specific needs - What should be the future role of research in ICZM?

The conclusions of this meeting will be reported at an event on 2 July 1999 "Towards A European Strategy for Integrated Coastal Zone Management". This will form part of the wider consultation that the Commission has launched regarding a Discussion Document "Integrated Coastal Zone Management" in view of a possible elaboration of a European strategy in this area.
For further information, please contact:

European Commission
Directorate-General XII
Science, Research and Development
Directorate D.1-Preserving the Ecosystem I
Marine Ecosystems, Infrastructure
URL: http://europa.eu.int/comm/dg12/index.html