Coastal Zone Management in the Mediterranean: Legal and Economic Perspectives
45 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2009 Last revised: 2 Dec 2013
Date Written: October 6, 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.
Keywords: Coastal Zone Management, Legislation, Littoral, Mediterranean, Recreation
JEL Classification: Q5
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