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Compendium for Coast and Sea - creating a marine science-policy interface

The Compendium for Coast and Sea is an integrated knowledge document about the socio-economic, environmental and institutional aspects of the coast and sea in Flanders and Belgium. As such, it constitutes a one-stop shop for data and information from the Flemish and Belgian marine and maritime research community and experts. The Compendium for Coast and Sea is an initiative of the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and was developed in close collaboration with experts from the research community, government, industry and civil society organisations. The first version of the Compendium was launched in 2013, a second edition was presented in 2015.



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We also invite coastal and marine practitioners, policymakers and scientists to make a contribution to this new concept in sharing European knowledge and experience in integrated coastal zone management. You may contribute in several ways: you may improve or update an existing article, you may add a discussion page to an existing article or you may add a new topic.

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Encora Themes
Theme 1 : Social and economic aspects of ICZM Multifunctionality and Valuation.

Theme 1 - Social and economic aspects of ICZM Multifunctionality and Valuation.
Valuation of competing functions to optimise the societal use of coastal and marine resources.

Theme 2 : ICZM Participation and Implementation.

Theme 2 - ICZM Participation and Implementation.
Testing and improving methods to evaluate progress in the implementation of ICZM, including eGovernance.

Theme 3 : Coastal and marine spatial planning.

Theme 3 - Coastal and marine spatial planning.
Multiple-scale structuring of spatial coastal and marine planning and related decision-support systems for sustainable development.

Theme 4 : Pollution, prevention and mitigation.

Theme 4 - Pollution, prevention and mitigation.
Development and application of emerging methodologies for preventing, detecting and mitigating pollution and for identification of areas at risk.

Theme 5 : Long-term geomorphological change and climate impacts.

Theme 5 - Long-term geomorphological change and climate impacts.
Promoting development, demonstration & dissemination of new and emerging models & methodologies for prediction of changes to coastal systems.

Theme 6 : Effect of development and use on eco-morphology and coastal habitats.

Theme 6 - Effect of development and use on eco-morphology and coastal habitats.
Impact-assessment tools and environmental techniques for recovery of coastal habitats.

Theme 7 Biodiversity of coastal and marine habitats and ecosystems

Theme 7 - Assessment of biodiversity change.
Testing and improving an ecological valuation protocol for the coastal and marine environment, including transitional waters.

Theme 8 : New sustainable coastal engineering techniques.

Theme 8 - New sustainable coastal engineering techniques.
Cataloguing innovative coastal engineering techniques to solve practical coastal protection issues.

Theme 9 : Assessment of field observation techniques.

Theme 9 - Assessment of field observation techniques.
New and emerging tools and practices for coastal and marine observation, with focus on remote sensing and remotely controlled measuring devices.

Theme 10 : Capacity Building, Training and Education.

Theme 10 - Capacity Building, Training and Education.
Comparative assessment of ICZM training and education programmes.

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