Coastal and Marine Management Practical Applications and Challenges

CMM04C Core Course 4 ECTS
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Instructor Dr. Zoi Konstantinou and Anne Mette


Growing pressure from human activities and accelerating climate change impacts threaten the coastal zone and marine systems around the globe. In the past years, there has been an increasing awareness that the coastal and marine environment and their ecosystems cannot be managed sustainably without the integration of and deliberation with the respective stakeholders. This very complex and challenging situation thus calls for a holistic and transdisciplinary approach to shape the science-policy interfaces towards legitimate policy- and decision-making. The class will explore the management and communications of interrelationships between coastal and marine natural resources and humans and by giving an overview of the variability of approaches in the EU (and the rest of the world) during recent years. It will assess potential paradigm shifts and provide a hands-on introduction to techniques of storytelling and sustainability communications. For this, the participants will run through a series of participatory scenario-building tasks. The identification of issues and scenario (policy) options as well as the science-policy-communications during the interaction with stakeholders will be an essential part of the seminar. The exercises will be nourished by practical examples from a toolbox of methods called Systems Approach Framework developed to support integrated and transdisciplinary scenario building and tested in multiple study sites throughout the European Union.


At the end of the course, students will:

  • Understand the challenges of managing coastal zones
  • Be aware of the variety of approaches and examples of managing coastal zones in practice
  • Be able to conceptualize a coastal zone management problem in its various dimensions
  • Understand how to plan and engage in dialogues with stakeholders
  • Be able to set up, conceptualize and communicate management scenarios:
  • Have gained skills in science communication and visualization (‘translation’)
  • Be able to communicate problems, alternatives and decisions


  • 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.