ICZM: Practical Applications and Challenges

University Centre of the Westfjords

Program Description

ICZM: Practical Applications and Challenges

University Centre of the Westfjords

ICZM: Practical Applications and Challenges

This class will explore the complex interrelationships between coastal and marine natural resources and humans and communities. In recent years, there has been an increasing recognition that the marine environment cannot be managed effectively without the cooperation and participation of resource user groups and coastal stakeholders. Comanagement and community based management are two related, yet different approaches wherein cooperation and partnership are paramount and responsibility is shared, formally or informally, between state and user groups and/or communities of place and interest.

The focus of this course will be to critically examine the extent to which co-management and other alternative community-based strategies provide a viable approach to marine management. Studies of such efforts from around the world, in different social and cultural contexts, will be critically examined to determine costs and benefits, the opportunities for and barriers to their implementation, and the conditions necessary for the development for sustainable, community-based coastal management systems. A case study and field trip will be selected from the local area to assist in these discussions.

In addition to the above, the course will also attempt to provide an integrative perspective and a context to materials reviewed in other courses throughout the program with a focus on their practical application. Students will also be given an opportunity to review and discuss how the material covered will relate to their individual thesis research projects.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students will:

  • have gained a systematic understanding of the most recent knowledge of the complex interrelationships inherent in human use and interaction with coastal and marine natural resources and systems
  • be able to accurately define a problem related to coastal and marine natural resources and systems, think about it in a critical manner, assess information at hand and draw inferences about how best to approach its resolution
  • be knowledgeable about the complementary and competing interests that influence the design, implementation and outcome of community-based management processes
  • have strengthened their abilities in aspects of organizational behaviour, facilitation and power-sharing dynamics in collaborative management arrangements


Anne Mette and Zoi I. Konstantinou, PhD, have been at the frontline of large ICZM projects in Europe. One recent project is the Coastal SAF project, that was a product of the SPICOSA project.

Anne Mette (Germany) works for KMGNE in Berlin. She has specialized in stakeholder communications, sustainability and climate awareness. Among other things, she has taught courses and worked on the issues in Germany and Ecuador.

Zoi I. Konstantinou (Greece) has been an active researcher in the field of ICZM. Her PhD was in the field of "Development and utilization of conceptual and numerical models for Integrated Coastal Management (ICM)". She is currently working as Science Officer at Eurocean in Lisbon, Portugal.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 26, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
May 2017
2 weeks
Full time
40,000 ISK
Start date May 2017
Iceland Westfjords
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Duration 2 weeks
Price 40,000 ISK