ICZM: Introduction and Theory 4 ECTS

CMM01A Core course 4 ECTS
Period W39 - W40 24.09.12 - 05.10.12
Instructor Jamie Alley 


The decline of coastal areas and marine resources requires both cross-disciplinary research and comprehensive and integrated management, both at local and global level. This course will introduce the concepts, principles, approaches, processes and issues of integrated coastal and ocean management through a review of ICZM (Integrated Coastal Zone Management) history and development within a global context. An overview of different management strategies, as well as the meaning of integration in the governing of natural resources, will be presented. Country case studies will be presented and examined. Successes and failures of integrated coastal and ocean management will be discussed and analysed.

Goals, aims and teaching objectives:
The goal of this course will be to provide students with an introduction to the history, theory and practice of Integrated Coastal Zone Management. Many of the topics introduced will be covered in more depth in other courses later in the program. After providing a basic conceptual foundation, the course will use a case study approach to highlight particular tools available to coastal resource managers at different spatial scales. Course assignments will be designed to foster cross-disciplinary, critical and independent skills in students in developing their own approach to costal resource management issues. The Term Project assignment will provide students an opportunity to demonstrate how a particular costal resource management issue can be described and analyzed, and a plan of action be developed.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students will:
  • Gain an understanding of Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management as a field of knowledge, based on its history and most recent developments
  • Appreciate the complexity of coastal and marine management
  • Be able to integrate different aspects of ICM, from a social, economic and ecological perspective, to assess problems and issues
  • Be capable of applying their understanding and interpretation of coastal areas to design integrated management plans to approach coastal and marine issues


  • Class Journal Entries (5 journals x 2%) 10%
  • Class Participation 10%
  • State of the Coast Indicator 15%
  • Briefing Note Assignment 25%

Term Project
  • Presentation 15%
  • Written Paper 25%


[mynd 1 h]Jamie Alley is a natural resource and environmental management specialist with over 30 years experience in a broad range of senior and executive management positions. After a career in the government of British Columbia, Jamie now operates a natural resource management consulting firm, with particular expertise in oceans and coastal resource management, freshwater and marine fisheries, and natural resource governance mechanisms. Jamie is a geographer by training and has degrees from Simon Fraser University and the University of Victoria. He has particular experience in intergovernmental and transboundary issues, and has been active in a variety of negotiations to resolve governance issues and develop cooperative management mechanisms.

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