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Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM)

Coastal areas are among the most developed and exploited in most regions of the world. Human populations in these areas use the resources from the sea, modify the landscape and produce large amounts of waste and chemical substances which are released into the marine environment. This extensive use of goods and services from the sea is an indicator of its large contribution to the wealth of human societies. This contribution can be measured in terms of availability of fish, clean water, space, etc., and of desireable services such as recreation, waste disposal and production of food. Production of goods and services in the marine environment is to a large extent based on the large diversity of species of animals and plants and their associated ecological processes. Therefore, to allow continuing use of the resources of the coastal seas, the diversity of species and their associated functions need to be protected and managed in a sustainable way.

Research on how resources in the coastal zone can be used in an ecologically and economically sustainable way is the focus of much research around the globe. But many important tasks and questions remain. Several research projects relevant to management of the coastal zone are currently hosted by TMBL.

Contact person:
Mats Lindegarth


Areas of interest:

  • develop powerful, relevant and cost-efficient indicators of ecological impacts in the marine environment.
  • develop life-cycle analyses as a tool in marine environmental impact assessment.
  • develop techniques for quantitative mapping and monitoring in marine the marine environment
  • patterns of diversity of marine species and populations and their consequences for management

Projects related to ICZM at TMBL

Running PhD programs related to ICZM at TMBL

  1. Lophelia pertusa - its distribution, development, significance and threats in Sweden. Lisbeth Jonsson,Dept Marine Ecology, Göteborg University, supervisor Kerstin Johannesson.
  2. Conservation biology of Eelgrass. Björn Källström, Dept Marine Ecology, Göteborg University, supervisor Carl André.
  3. Predicting structural diversity of infauna in shallow sediments. Katja Nagel, Dept Marine Ecology, Göteborg University, supervisor Mats Lindegarth
  4. Biological background to management of Edible crab, Cancer pagurus L., on the Swedish west coast, Anette Ungfors, Dept Marine Ecology, Göteborg University, supervisor Per Nilsson.

Honours projects related to ICZM at TMBL
(in Swedish)

Industrial interest and regional effects
Through the centuries, the presence of the sea and their resources has had a fundamental impact on peoples lives and economical development in the region of western Sweden. Because the coastal areas also offer many possibilities for development of new brances of buissnesses and recreation, the use of the sea will be of great importance to the regional and local development also in the future. Sustainable management of the coastal zone is therefore very important for the regional development in the long term, as well as in the short term.

To meet future demands, authorities and companies engaged in exploitation and management of the coastal zone of western Sweden will need specialist competence and knowledge about regional environmental conditions and possibilities. Research and higher education to meet these specific demands are done at TMBL. This is done in collaboration with companies, authorities and national and international funding agencies.

Network
CUD - Centre for Under Water Documentation

Persons active within ICZM at TMBL

  1. Prof. Kerstin Johannesson, Dept of Marine Ecology, Göteborg University
  2. Associate Prof. Carl André, Dept of Marine Ecology, Göteborg University
  3. Associate Prof. Mats Lindegarth, Dept of Marine Ecology, Göteborg University
  4. Dr. Thomas Dahlgren, WHOI and Dept of Marine Ecology, Göteborg University
  5. Dr. Annelie Lindgren, Dept of Marine Ecology, Göteborg University
  6. Dr. Lars-Ove Loo,Dept of Marine Ecology, Göteborg University
  7. Dr. Per Nilsson, Dept of Marine Ecology, Göteborg University
  8. Dr. Anita Tullrot, Dept of Marine Ecology, Göteborg University
  9. Dr. Matti Åhlund, TMBL and Dept Zoology, Göteborg University
  10. Res. Eng. Jan Karlsson, Dept of Marine Ecology, Göteborg University
  11. Res. Eng. Tomas Lundälv, TMBL, Göteborg University
  12. PhD student Johan Hollander, Dept of Marine Ecology, Göteborg University
  13. PhD student Lisbeth Jonsson,Dept of Marine Ecology, Göteborg University
  14. PhD student Björn Källström, Dept of Marine Ecology, Göteborg University
  15. PhD student Katja Nagel, Dept of Marine Ecology, Göteborg University
  16. PhD student Anette Ungfors, Dept of Marine Ecology, Göteborg University
  17. Res. Ass. Cecilia Erlandsson, TMBL, Göteborg University
  18. Res. Ass. Mia Jansson, TMBL, Göteborg University

Other web sites of interest:

Contact person:
Mats Lindegarth

This project is part-financed by the European Union, The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

 

Internal pages for the ICZM working group
(in Swedish)

Last updated 050113, Eva.Marie.Rodstrom@tmbl.gu.se