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==The Integrated approach to Coastal Zone Management==
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'''Compendium for Coast and Sea - creating a marine science-policy interface'''
[[Image:Beach.JPG|thumb|Different uses of the coast (housing, tourism).]]
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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.
Being the interface between the land and the ocean, coastal areas are affected by highly dynamic processes. Coastal spaces also support unique and especially fragile ecosystems, being areas of great environmental and aesthetic value.  
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For instance, eight of the forty priority habitats listed in the [[Conservation of Natural Habitats and of Wild Fauna and Flora Directive]] are coastal. Approximately a third of the Union's wetlands are located on the coast, as well as more than thirty per cent of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Protection_Areas Special Protection Areas] designated under the [http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/nature_conservation/focus_wild_birds/factsheet/index_en.htm Conservation of Wild Birds Directive]. (For more information on these Directives see [[Bird Directive, Habitat Directive, NATURA 2000]])
 
 
 
These coastal ecosystems tend to also have very high biological productivity. The reproduction and nursery grounds of most fish and shellfish species of economic value are in the coastal strip, and a significant proportion of the catch of these species comes from this area.
 

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Compendiumcoastandsea.jpg

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.