Options for Coastal Information Systems

With a view to strengthening the public availability,
sharing and use of information in coastal planning and
management, the study examined policy requirements
and options for coastal information systems CISs).
The following specific services were provided to the
European Commission:
• Analysis of 40 illustrative cases of CISs in Europe
through ad hoc defined sheet and in-depth analysis of
12 selected CISs through document consultation, direct
interviews to CIS’s developers and/or users, on-line
access to CISs, visit to office in charge of
CISs uses and maintenance;
• Based on results of previous activities, identification of
policy requirements for CISs, i.e. requisites that can be
concretely implemented in CISs in order to improve the
use of the same systems in supporting the diffusion and
implementation of the ICZM process at various scales;
• Elaboration of policy options, defined as integrated
sets of policy requirements and impact assessment of
policy options, according to the EC Impact
Assessment Guidelines;
• Stakeholder involvement and participation in the study
activities, including the organisation of a stakeholder
workshop in Marseille (May 2011) aiming to support
policy options elaboration and
related impact assessment
• Project management and reporting and participation
to ICZM expert group meeting to inform MSs experts on
study progress and receive their feedback.
Results of the study were considered as part of the
impact assessment towards a follow-up proposal to the
EU ICZM Recommendation (2002/413/EC), that led to
the proposal for an ICM and MSP framework
Directive (EC COM(2013) 133).

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