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6th International Course on Integrated Coastal Zone Management

The 6th International Course on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) is organized by the Institute of Ecology A.C., Coastal Ecosystems Unit, Mexico and Louisiana State University, Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, USA. ICZM has been proposed as the way forward in dealing with the increasing pressure on the world coastal zones. It seeks to utilize the ecosystem-approach to management, by managing the coastal zone and its watershed as an integrated unit. ICZM includes the management of existing economic activities, planned developments, and natural resource conservation and utilization. Under this perspective, the ecosystem approach is defined as a strategy for management of land, water, soil and living resources, which promotes a holistic approach to conservation and sustainable use in an equitable way.

Priority topics in the course will be:
-Evaluation of the transformation induced by a global trade economy
-Evaluation of ecological mechanisms, environmental impact, and reinforcement of the instruments for economic valuation of ecological functions in the coasts
-Development of initiatives to understand the impacts and to mitigate global climate change on the coasts
-Development of a better understanding of the advantages of ICZM
-Reinforcement of the ecosystem approach (ecosystem-based management) for decision- making regarding coastal natural resources
-Development of solutions for an effective implementation of coastal environmental management
-Reinforcement of the advantages of integrated coastal management programs, at regional versus local scales
-Development and implementation of new eco-technologies for rehabilitation of degraded coasts
-Development of the legal framework and regulations for supporting initiatives of coastal management
-Suggesting integrated methodologies as a result of successful study cases

Location:   Instituto de Ecología A.C., Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
Dates:   August 8-31, 2007
Early Registration Deadline:   July 15, 2007
Abstract/Proposal Submission Deadline:   July 15, 2007
Official Language:   Spanish, English
Contact Information:   Dr. Alejandro Yanez-Arancibia (
Dr. John W. Day (

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Keywords:   Gulf of Mexico, Latin America, Coastal management, Ecosystem-based management, Ecosystem approach, International coastal management network, IOCARIBE

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