Coastal and Marine Management Practical Applications and Challenges

CMM04 Core Course 4 ECTS
Period 2 weeks 31.05.2021 - 11.06.2021
Instructor Dr. Zoi Konstantinou and Anne Mette


The course explores 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. Co-management 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.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, a student:

  • has 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.
  • can accurately define a problem, think about it in a critical manner, assess information at hand and draw inferences about how best to approach its resolution.
  • has an understanding of the complementary and competing interests that influence the design, implementation and outcome of community-based management processes.
  • has strengthened abilities in aspects of organizational behaviour, facilitation and power-sharing dynamics in collaborative management arrangements.


  • Active participation in scenario work exercise including presentations of the interim-steps 40%
  • Target group (stakeholder-group) directed presentation – including visualization and story-telling elements of 1 chosen scenario 20%
  • Reflective essay of a fictional ICZM manager 25%
  • Conceptual Model Design and Description 15%


Zoi I. Konstantinou (Greece) has been an active researcher in the field of ICZM. Her PhD is in the field of "Development and utilization of conceptual and numerical models for Integrated Coastal Management (ICM)". She is currently working for the University of Porto/Aristotle University of Thessalonik, as a post-doctoral researcher in issues related to ICZM and MSP. She has been been working in large European projects regarding coastal and marine management, but also regarding science-policy-society interface in other environmental matters. She started her career in the Coastal SAFimplemantation, that was a product of the SPICOSA project.

Anne Mette (Germany) works for KMGNE Kolleg für Management und Gestaltung Nachhaltiger Entwicklung gGmbH 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.