The overall goal for the course is to give the student knowledge, tools and system understanding to be able to run and participate in environmentally strategic planning of the coastal zone.
Upon completion the course, the student shall be able to:
describe basic relationships and processes in integrated coastal zone planning,
portray various actors in the coastal zone, their specific interests and common areas of conflict,
explain which scientific background values that are relevant for a successful planning,
apply and integrate knowledge about the coastal zone in the planning process,
plan and carry out a simplified consultation process for activities in the coastal zone,
reflect on how social structures and questions about justice influence the planning process.
The course deals with conservation values and exploitation activities in the coastal zone including models, tools and methods for planning of sustainable use of coastal zone resources.
The course is focused on the environmental issues connected to coastal zone exploitation and the consequences for natural habitats and biodiversity. During the course we explore and discuss how energy production, transports, industry localization, shipping, trade and recreational activities affect the coastal zone habitats.
An important part of the content will be tools and methods for sustainable use of coastal resources such as marine protected areas (MPAs), land-use control, fisheries management marine zoning and permit systems, conflict resolution and integrated planning processes.
There will be case studies on how collaboration among stakeholders can contribute to constructive and sustainable solutions for environmental problems and coastal development. The content also deals with laws and international agreements within the subject field.
Lectures, practices, fieldwork and literature seminars.
Written assignments and oral presentations (7 credits), literature seminars (5 credits) and a role play in combination with a written report (3 credits).