Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning

CMM41 Elective course 4 ECTS
Period W3-W4 12.01.15 - 23.01.15
Instructor Roland Cormier and Gunnar Páll Eydal


This course introduces planning processes in the context of coastal and marine management. Basic concepts of land use planning in coastal areas will be introduced. Different Maritime spatial planning (MSP) policy background and context will be examined, and the management of MSP process will be emphasised, e.g. through gaming and role play exercises.

Learning outcomes





Roland Cormier holds an MSc in Biology from the “Université de Moncton” (Canada). He has more than 30 years of experience in crustacean stock assessment, shellfish sanitation, fish inspection and environmental risk management. He originally started to work for Fisheries and Oceans Canadian doing research on shrimp and snow crab biology. Subsequently, his work focused on seafod inspection strategies, bi-valve bio-toxin monitoring programs and auditing of HACCP based seafood programs. After the creation of the Canada Food Inspection Agency, he managed the conversion of legacy fish inspection information systems to Y2K compliance and has led the development of inspection information systems for the Fish Inspection Program in Canada. He also worked for the Fisheries Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations as a seafood information system consultant to support risk analysis.

Since returning to Canada in 2005, he was the Regional Director for Ecosystems Management as well as the Centre of Expertise for Risk Management at Fisheries and Oceans Canada. His present work is focused on the application of ecosystem-based risk management approaches to environmental issues and auditing practices in regulatory environmental management. He is also a member of the working group on marine planning and coastal zone management of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea and the group of experts on Risk Management in Regulatory Systems of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.
In October 2014, Roland Cormier co-taught the course Marine Spatial Planning, Processes and Tools for ICES.

Gunnar Páll Eydal graduated in 2004 with a master´s of Resource Management from the School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University. In 1997, Gunnar graduated with a in Geology from the University of Iceland. He specializes in planning of wilderness and rural areas as well as management systems. In 1997-2001, Gunnar was a research associate at the Science Institute University of Iceland, Division of Geophysics. In 2005-2006, he taught courses in geology and environmental management at Ísafjörður College. Since 2006, Gunnar has been working at Eik - planning and environmental consulting and is located in Ísafjörður. Eik is currently directing several regional and municipal planning projects of coastal areas.


Guest lecturer

Further reading

Readings and further readings will be posted on the course website on UW intranet.