ICZM: Practical Application and Challenges 4 ECTS

CMM04 Core course 4 ECTS
Period W25 - W26 10.06.13 - 21.06.13
Instructor Jamie Alley


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, 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




[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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