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Regulating Coastal Zones
International Perspectives on Land Management Instruments

ISBN 9781138361560
Published November 27, 2020 by Routledge
456 Pages 88 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Regulating Coastal Zones addresses the knowledge gap concerning the legal and regulatory challenges of managing land in coastal zones across a broad range of political and socio-economic contexts.

In recent years, coastal zone management has gained increasing attention from environmentalists, land use planners, and decision-makers across a broad spectrum of fields. Development pressures along coasts such as high-end tourism projects, luxury housing, ports, energy generation, military outposts, heavy industry, and large-scale enterprise compete with landscape preservation and threaten local history and culture. Leading experts present fifteen case studies among advanced-economy countries, selected to represent three groups of legal contexts: signatories to the 2008 Mediterranean ICZM Protocol, parties to the 2002 EU Recommendation on Integrated Coastal Zone Management, and the USA and Australia.

This book is the first to address the legal-regulatory aspects of coastal land management from a systematic cross-national comparative perspective. By including both successful and less-effective strategies, it aims to inform professionals, graduate students, policy makers, and NGOs of the legal and socio-political challenges as well as the better practices from which others could learn.

Table of Contents



Part I: Framing

  1. Introduction: Objectives and method of comparative analysis
  2. Rachelle Alterman and Cygal Pellach

  3. The parameters for comparative analysis and their expression in supra-national legislation
  4. Rachelle Alterman and Cygal Pellach


    Part II: Country Reports

    Group 1: European Countries – Non-Mediterranean

  5. United Kingdom
  6. Linda McElduff and Heather Ritchie

  7. Netherlands
  8. Pieter Jong and Hendrik van Sandick

  9. Denmark
  10. Helle Tegner Anker

  11. Germany
  12. Eva Schachtner

  13. Portugal
  14. Paulo Correia and Inês Calor


    Group 2: Countries subject to the Mediterranean ICZM Protocol

  15. Spain
  16. Marta Lora-Tamayo Vallvé, Pablo Molina Alegre and Cygal Pellach

  17. France
  18. Loïc Prieur

  19. Italy
  20. Enzo Falco and Angela Barbanente


  21. Slovenia
  22. Naja Marot

  23. Greece
  24. Evangelia Balla and Georgia Giannakourou

  25. Malta
  26. Kurt Xerri

  27. Turkey
  28. Fatma Ünsal

  29. Israel
  30. Dafna Carmon and Rachelle Alterman


    Group 3: Countries not subject to supranational legislation

  31. United States of America

A. Dan Tarlock

17. Australia

    Nicole Gurran


    Part III: Comparative Analysis and Evaluation

18. Comparative Analysis I – Introduction and the concept of the coastal zone

    Cygal Pellach and Rachelle Alterman

19. Comparative Analysis II – Land demarcation and property rights

    Cygal Pellach and Rachelle Alterman

20. Comparative Analysis III – Governance, planning, and climate change awareness

Rachelle Alterman and Cygal Pellach


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Rachelle Alterman is Professor (emerita) of urban planning and law at the Technion—Israel Institute of Technology and Senior Researcher at the Neaman Institute for National Policy Research. She heads the Laboratory on Comparative Planning Law and Property Rights (PLPR). Alterman is the founding president of the International Academic Association on Planning, Law and Property Rights. Her research interests include comparative planning law and land use regulation, comparative land policy and property rights, housing policy, and implementation of public policy. She is highly published and cited. For her pioneering contribution to the field, she was awarded Honorary Member status by the Association of European Schools of Planning (among only six awarded this distinction, and the only non-European), and has been selected as one of 16 global "leaders in planning thought" whose academic autobiographies have recently been published in the book Encounters in Planning Thought (Routledge, 2017).

Cygal Pellach holds a Bachelor of Planning from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, and a MSc in Urban and Regional Planning from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. She is currently completing a doctoral degree, also at the Technion, under Rachelle Alterman’s supervision. Between her MSc and her PhD studies, Cygal served as the team leader in the EU-funded research project, Mare Nostrum, headed by Alterman. Prior to embarking on an academic path, Cygal garnered five years’ experience in urban planning practice, working in private consultancy in Melbourne (VIC), Australia.


"Alterman and Pellach have created an important book that provides up-to-date knowledge of current practices infused with a comparative analysis of coastal regulation across the globe. 
Considering the shortcomings related to implementation of the normative aspects of the well-known ICZM, this edited book fills a significant gap and makes an essential investigative contribution.
The editors provide much needed information about regulatory practices, complementing research on the normative aspects of ICZM.  This updates earlier seminal works, provides a fresh (and somewhat unconventional) look and thus adds significantly to current scholarship in the field. I fully endorse this book as indispensable for myriad scholars and practitioners."
-- Michelle Portman PhD, Author of Environmental Planning for Oceans and Coasts:  Methods, Tools, Technologies. Associate Professor, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
Vice Dean for Students Affairs, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning


"Coastal systems and cultures are necessarily unique, but many of the conflicts over how to live within and use them are universal, and the need for effective ways to reconcile those conflicts is increasingly pressing. This collection and synthesis of cross-national scholarly reflections contributes greatly to our understanding of what is unique and what is universal across both settings and cultures. It provides insights that are grounded in the real-world challenges of both crafting and implementing effective solutions, and that are uniquely valuable in their comparative perspective."
-- Richard K. Norton, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Michigan