Status: Ireland did not report officially to the EU ICZM Recommendation.
A formal ICZM strategy has not been developed, however, there is current activity ongoing that is exploring mechanisms to implement the principles of ICZM in Ireland - most notably through involvement in EU research projects - COREPOINT, ENCORA and SPICOSA. The most relevant document to analyse strategic approaches to management of coastal zones is the National Spatial Strategy or Ireland 2002-2020. A draft policy document for ICZM was produced in 1997, but was never implemented, and it is unclear if this document influenced the National Spatial Strategy for Ireland.
Reporting Institution
Department of Communications, Marine & Natural Resources
Coastal Zone Management Division
In Ireland, there is no single body responsible for coastal management. Implementation is carried out within a range of regulatory stakeholders dealing with coastal management at government and regional levels. Responsibility for the Irish coastal zone primarily resides within three main government departments: 1) the Department of the Marine and Natural Resources, 2) the Department of the Environment and Local Government, and 3) the Department for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands