Coastal Zone Management in the Mediterranean: Legal and Economic Perspectives

45 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2009 Last revised: 2 Dec 2013

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Anil Markandya

Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3); University of Bath

Mariaester Cassinelli

RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment; CMCC - Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici

Steven Arnold

University of Bath

Tim Taylor

European Centre for Environment and Human Health

Date Written: October 6, 2009

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Coastal Zone Management, Legislation, Littoral, Mediterranean, Recreation

JEL Classification: Q5

Suggested Citation

Markandya, Anil and Cassinelli, Mariaester and Arnold, Steven and Taylor, Tim, Coastal Zone Management in the Mediterranean: Legal and Economic Perspectives (October 6, 2009). FEEM Working Paper No. 71.2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1483615 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1483615

Anil Markandya (Contact Author)

Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3)

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Mariaester Cassinelli

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Steven Arnold

University of Bath ( email )

Claverton Down
Bath, BA2 7AY
United Kingdom

Tim Taylor

European Centre for Environment and Human Health ( email )

United Kingdom

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