Status: The Portuguese Ministry of Environment, Spatial Planning and Regional Development through its Water Institute (INAG) submitted the Portuguese Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) strategy and stocktaking report to the European Commission on 3 April 2006 as non-official (awaiting official submission by the Portuguese Permanent Representation to the European Union).
The process of ICZM has been initiated in Portugal and first steps have been taken to integrate existing laws and procedures into the process. Sectoral coastal management has been an issue for a long time, the integration of the different sectors is rather new and has to be strengthened at all levels. EU ICZM recommendation has stimulated to rethink the existing laws, directives and policies and start a process of development towards a more integrative approach.
Reporting Institution
Ministério do Ambiente, do Ordenamento do Território e do Desenvolvimento Regional
Instituto da Água