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European Network on Coastal Research


Project timeline
February 2006
36 months
January 2009
General Information
The Coordination Action addresses 3 major causes for stagnation in the implementation of ICZM in Europe: (A) Fragmentation of coastal science, practice and policy; (B) Difficult communication between science, policy and practise; (C) Lack of multidisciplinary approaches. ENCORA is a European network structure with new mechanisms for communication on shared problems within and between the communities of coastal science, policy and practise. In 13 European countries National Coastal Networks have been established; in other countries the establishment of a National Network is anticipated. Ten trans-national, cross-disciplinary Thematic Networks, led by institutions with outstanding expertise, address major ICZM issues; they include participants from all EU countries, including those where a national network is not yet established. Operational nodes are created between the National and Thematic networks and other existing coastal networks. National Network Offices take care of the process of knowledge exchange and cooperation between network participants Europe-wide. They establish through all the affiliated networks a contact search mechanism for knowledge sharing and cooperation, by raising information-exchange communities, organising an exchange-visit programme for young researchers/practitioners, by organising communities of Practice and by project intertwining. The thematic Networks produce a state-of-the-art overview of knowledge, tools and practices, a European ICZM training and education curriculum and European Action Plans for addressing priority issues for ICZM implementation.
GKSS has the role of both the national German network coordinator and the observational techniques thematic network coordinator.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaFP6-2004-Global Change and Ecosystems, V.1.2.1 Integrated Coastal Zone Management
Project TypeCoordination Action (CA)
Contract NumberGOCE-CT-2004-518120
Co-ordinatorRijksinstituut voor Kust en Zee (NL)
Total Eligible Costs (€) Hereon Eligible Costs (€) EC Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Prof. Dr. Burkard Baschek, KOL, Institute of Coastal Research, Phone: +49 4152 87 1533, (initial contact: Prof. Dr. Franciscus Colijn, Institute of Coastal Research)
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Alma Mater Studiorum - Università die Bologna (IT), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (GR), Centre d'Etudes Techniques Maritimes et Fluniales (FR), CoastNET - The Coastal Network (UK), Consortium for the Management of the Centre of Coordination of Research on the Venice Lagoon System (IT), Delft University of Technology (NL), DHI - Institute of Water and Environment (DK), Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (IT), Institute of Hydroengineering, PAS, Gdansk (PL), Instituto de Hidráulica e Recursos Hidricos (PT), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (BE), Lunds Universitet (SE), National University of Ireland (IE), Rijksinstituut voor Kust en Zee (NL), Universidad de Cantabria (ES), Universiteit Gent (BE), University of Plymouth (UK), University of Plymouth (UK), University of Thessaly (GR), Vlaams Instituut Voor de Zee (BE), WL / Delft Hydraulics (NL)

(completed January 2009)

Last Update: 16. April 2021