Coastal Zone Management in the Mediterranean: Legal and Economic Perspectives
Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3); University of Bath
Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM)
University of Bath
European Centre for Environment and Human Health
October 6, 2009
FEEM Working Paper No. 71.2009
This paper examines existing measures taken to protect the coastal zones of the Mediterranean Sea and assesses their success. A summary of the main pressures facing these zones is given, followed by an analysis of the legislation covering coastal zone development in ten countries: Algeria, Croatia, Egypt, France, Israel, Italy, Malta, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey. We find that not all of these states have legislation specifically covering coastal zones, but there is concern in all areas that the legislation is not working, We also look at the costs and benefits of controlling coastal development. Firstly, a literature review of valuation studies identifies a range of values placed on developed and undeveloped coastline for both users and local property owners. These values were then used in a model to evaluate policy options to control development of a stretch of coastline. The model indicates that a stricter control regime of coastal development may provide significant benefits.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 45
Keywords: Coastal Zone Management, Legislation, Littoral, Mediterranean, Recreation
JEL Classification: Q5working papers series
Date posted: October 11, 2009 ; Last revised: November 9, 2009
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