Wspólnotowy Serwis Informacyjny Badan i Rozwoju - CORDIS

Result related to Gulf of Gera

Several outcomes of the DITTY project were very important for the test site of the gulf of Gera as well as for the application of integrated coastal zone management approaches to similar coastal areas in Greece.

From the technical point of view, a large number of modern tools and methodologies were applied in support to the coastal zone management, including data bases and GIS, simulation models (watershed, hydrodynamic and ecological), the LOICZ budget, network analysis, loop analysis, scenario analysis, stakeholder analysis and DSS. These tools were elaborated and adapted according to the specific characteristics of coastal water bodies such as the gulf of Gera. Most of the developed methodologies were integrated methodologies combining information from both the natural and socio-economic environment, a key-point in the framework of coastal zone management. Important results were obtained as regard the functioning of the natural and socio-economic environment and potential effects of management option were also identified. The advantages, drawbacks and limits of application of each methodological tool in the framework of coastal zone management were also identified.

Cooperation between the developer of the methodologies (University of the Aegean) and the end-user (Municipality of Gera) was strongly enhanced. Each methodology was specially adapted to the needs of the end-user and emphasis was placed on the development of user-friendly and flexible tools able to support policy-making in the near and far future. The information collected in the form of databases or GIS is easily accessible to the scientific and administrative staff of the end-user and is being used in a regular basis. Further enhancement of the existing cooperation is of key priority for the future. The DITTY reports produced for the test site will be translated into the national language and made available to the staff of the Municipality of Gera. Further research in the fields of integrated coastal management, water quality or ecology will continue under the framework of the cooperation established under DITTY.

Cooperation was also enhanced at the national level through the foundation of ElNet, the Greek network of people working on coastal lagoons and transitional waters. Information is being exchanged in a regular basis among its members and common tools or methodologies are scheduled to be applied in coastal areas with similar characteristics. The information technology tools developed under DITTY (databases, GIS, models, DSS) form a standard methodological framework for the coastal zone management in Greece, which is easily transferable from site to site according to the main priorities of the end-users and the possible particularities of the natural or socio-economic environment of each area. Furthermore these standard methodologies and tools are considered as the basis for the application of the Water framework Directive in coastal areas in Greece.

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