The coastal zone includes both coastal waters and the narrow strip of land separating the marine and terrestrial environment. The coastal zone offers a myriad of goods and services ranging from production to protection. Despite its relatively small coverage in percentage of global surface area, this zone is highly productive and sustains a high biodiversity.
Growing pressure from increasingly diverse human activities coupled with climate change impacts threaten the functional integrity of these coastal ecosystems. A multi-disciplinary approach towards understanding the drivers, pressures, and impacts in the coastal zone requires effective integration of data and information in policy and management.
The first and second International Symposium on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) was hosted by the Institute of Marine Research, Arendal Norway on the 11-14 June 2007 and 3-7 July 2011 respectively. The international attendance and multi-disciplinary contributions to this symposium demonstrated the need for an international forum to discuss and develop the integration of science and policy which provided the impetus for this third symposia.
The third ICZM symposium will be hosted by the Marmara Research Center, TUBITAK, Turkey and will be held from the 14-17 October 2014 in Antalya, Turkey. This international multi-disciplinary conference is intended to promote science and integration of knowledge for the sustainable management of coastal resources. It will provide a venue for scientists, engineers, managers, and policy-makers to discuss recent advances and innovative ideas, as well as share experiences and develop networks.
In keeping in line with the first two conferences which were well received, we are waiting your contribution to the themed sections with your oral or poster presentations.