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Title: The role of university participation in integrated coastal zone management : a case study of the Ria de Aviero
Author: Figueiredo, Amie Barbosa
View Online: njit-etd2005-048
(x, 75 pages ~ 4.9 MB pdf)
Department: Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science
Degree: Master of Science
Program: Environmental Policy Studies
Document Type: Thesis
Advisory Committee: Jackson, Nancy L. (Committee chair)
Cohen, Maurie J. (Committee member)
Qiu, Zeyuan (Committee member)
Date: 2005-01
Keywords: Coastal zone management
Ria de Aveiro
Universidade de Aveiro
Availability: Unrestricted

The purpose of this investigation is to examine the efforts of the Universidade de Aveiro to create a public participation process and provide information for the management of the Ria de Aveiro, a lagoon system, in Portugal. This thesis examines whether universities are effective as coordinators and facilitators of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM). The Universidade de Aveiro, through the European Union-ICZM Demonstration Programme, spearheaded two projects, MARIA and ESGIRA-Maria, in efforts towards moving forward with ICZM in the area. A framework was created and then applied through a series of pilot-projects. Examination of the results of these pilot projects reveals that Universidade de Aveiro fostered partnerships and a sense of ownership between stakeholders through many different levels of participation. The university was seen by the various actors as a neutral, trusted agent and thus in a good position to bring together actors with conflicting interests. These projects will hopefully serve as guidance for those trying to achieve Integrated Coastal Zone Management in similar areas.

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