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Coastal Zone Management in the Mediterranean: Legal and Economic Perspectives

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  • Anil Markandya

    (University of Bath and Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei)

  • S. Arnold

    (University of Bath)

  • M. Cassinelli

    (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei)

  • T. Taylor

    (University of Bath)

Abstract

This paper examines existing measures taken to protect the coastal zones of the Mediterranean Sea and assesses their success. A summary of the main pressures facing these zones is given, followed by an analysis of the legislation covering coastal zone development in ten countries: Algeria, Croatia, Egypt, France, Israel, Italy, Malta, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey. We find that not all of these states have legislation specifically covering coastal zones, but there is concern in all areas that the legislation is not working, We also look at the costs and benefits of controlling coastal development. Firstly, a literature review of valuation studies identifies a range of values placed on developed and undeveloped coastline for both users and local property owners. These values were then used in a model to evaluate policy options to control development of a stretch of coastline. The model indicates that a stricter control regime of coastal development may provide significant benefits.

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Paper provided by Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei in its series Working Papers with number 2009.71.

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Date of creation: Sep 2009
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Handle: RePEc:fem:femwpa:2009.71

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Keywords: Coastal Zone Management; Legislation; Littoral; Mediterranean; Recreation;

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  1. Abelson, P. W. & Markandya, A., 1985. "The interpretation of capitalized hedonic prices in a dynamic environment," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 12(3), pages 195-206, September.
  2. George R. Parsons & Yangru Wu, 1991. "The Opportunity Cost of Coastal Land-Use Controls: An Empirical Analysis," Land Economics, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 67(3), pages 308-316.
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  1. Rode, Sanjay, 2010. "Effects of urbanisation on multiple cropping pattern in coastal districts in India," MPRA Paper 29626, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 27 Nov 2011.

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