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 drivers, pressures and impacts in the coastal zone requires effective integration of data and information in policy and management.
The first International Symposium on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) was hosted by the Institute of Marine Research, Norway and held in Arendal, Norway, on June 11-14, 2007. The international attendance and multi-disciplinary contributions to this symposium demonstrated the need for international fora for discussing and developing integration of science and policy, and for further symposia on this topic. This first symposium was particularly successful in bringing together people representing different disciplines, including managers. All lectures were carried out in plenum, which meant that scientists in different disciplines and managers had the opportunity to listen and learn from each other, resulting in a special atmosphere important for breaking down barriers.
The second ICZM symposium will again be hosted by the Institute of Marine Research, Norway in Arendal, Norway, and held on July 3 – 7, 2011. This multi-disciplinary international 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, to share experiences and to develop networks.