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Introducing ICZM for strengthening local community involvement in sustainable development

Project title: SEPS 22-06 “INTRODUCING ICZM FOR STRENGTHENING LOCAL COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT”

Project’s aim is to improve opportunities for the local communities to move towards the sustainable development of the coastal areas of Ovidiopol District, Odessa Oblast, through introducing Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM). To achieve this, the project will develop intersectoral co-operation and provide a framework for public participation in coastal zone management and in the control of the use of its natural resources.

In broader terms, the project aims to develop a model for Integrated Coastal Zone Management as a tool to strengthen local community involvement in sustainable development and to improve peoples’ livelihoods and quality of life in the coastal zone of Ukraine.

The objectives of this project are therefore:

  • Building the human capacity of the local government bodies so they can develop efficient coastal zone management processes and strategically plan the development of local communities. This will be achieved due to education and training of local officers.
  • Analysing the state and problems of, and the opportunities for, the development of Ovidiopol District’s Coastal Zone. This is necessary for the strategic planning of the coastal zone and provides the foundation for introducing a holistic approach to coastal zone management. Local officers will be involved to improve their information base and their management skills.
  • Adopting ICZM as a tool for the sustainable development of local communities and for the improvement of the environment considering the local context and needs.
  • Raising public awareness of the value of the coastal zone for the development of local communities and introducing a participatory approach to coastal zone management. Promoting the implementation of the Aarhus Convention.
  • Fostering the introduction of ICZM at local community level in Ukraine through dissemination and free access to methodical and educational materials that will be produced within the project.

Project partners:



The Centre for Regional Studies, Odessa, Ukraine (lead partner)

Ovidiopol District Council, Ovidiopol, Ukraine (partner)

Duration of the project: 10 months (September 2006 – June 2007)

Project main activities:

  • Collecting data on the state, problems and opportunities of the Ovidiopol District’s Coastal Zone. Analysing the methods of coastal zone management and of a public participation in local decision-making and control of use of natural resources in the coastal zone. This will allow the creation of a background for further development of recommendations on introducing ICZM and wise use of coastal resources in Ovidiopol District of Odessa Oblast.
  • Developing and publishing a report “The State and Problems of the Coastal Zone of Ovidiopol District and Opportunities for its Sustainable Development”.
  • Elaborating a framework management plan for the Ovidiopol Coastal Zone, including recommendations on introducing ICZM and ensuring the wise use of coastal resources from a long-term perspective.
  • Developing a Geographic Information System (GIS) for the Ovidiopol Coastal Zone.
  • Study visit to the UK. Start-up meeting and workshop for local public officers and specialists; the international conference “Integral Coastal Zone Management: experience, prospects and its importance for the sustainable development of local communities” and and training “Models for co-operation and partnership building between stakeholders in the process of introducing ICZM”Ovidiopol, 14-15 June 2007,for the chairmen and officers of the target local councils and NGOs dedicated to the concepts and principles of ICZM.
  • Preparing, publishing and disseminating a booklet dedicated to ICZM, including on the importance of public participation.
  • Disseminating information about the project and its achievements.

Dissemination of information about the project, as well as the materials produced by it, among other local communities located in the Azov-Black Sea Coastal Zone of Ukraine was achieved by sending the materials to Odessa Regional Council, Ovidiopol District Council, Karolino-Bugaz, Molodejnoe, Roksolany and Dalnik village councils and Tairovo Borough Council and the local communities.

The project events (start-up meeting, workshop, the UK study trip, the international conference in Ovidiopol) were also used to disseminate information about the project and the materials produced by it. Participation of the project managers in the International forum “Integrated management of water resources at the local level and public participation” (La gestion intégrée et participative de l’eau au niveau local), 29 January 2007, Brussels, within the AQUAFIL Project under Interreg IIIC, the General Assembly of the Danube Environmental Forum (DEF), 2-4 February 2007, Miskolc, Hungary, and the International conference dedicated to the Europe Day, 18 May 2007, Odessa, and other events.

The National Association of Regional Development Agencies of Ukraine (NARDA) (Headquarters in Kiev) has been involved in dissemination of information. The close involvement in the project of two local organisations, the Centre for Development of Ovidiopol Coastal Zone and the NGO “Fortuna”, has also been helpful in terms of dissemination of information and the materials among local stakeholders. Information about the project, its achievements and outputs from the project is available for the public through the web site of the Centre for Regional Studies.

Results:

Tangible outputs from the project:

  • The report “The State and Problems of the Ovidiopol District’s Coastal Zone and Opportunities for its Sustainable Development”.
  • A framework management plan for the Ovidiopol Coastal Zone, including recommendations for the target local government bodies on how to introduce ICZM and achieve wise use of coastal resources from a long-term perspective.
  • A series of printed maps showing the current state of the environment, natural processes, land use in the coastal zone, and zoning of the Ovidiopol Coastal Zone based on a Geographic Information System (GIS) for the Ovidiopol Coastal Zone.

Long-term impact on the local communities and the sustainability of the project:

Improved capacities of Ovidiopol County Council and the local councils for efficient management of the coastal zone and the wise use of its resources are considered the main long-term result of the project. This includes the following elements:

  • Human capacity – improved managerial skills of local officers who would be familiarised with ICZM as a tool to develop coastal areas in a sustainable manner and with UK good practice in ICZM.
  • Improved opportunities for strategic planning in the coastal zone as the result of training of local officers and use of a learning by doing method. This also has been achieved due to developing a GIS as a management tool for spatial planning and assessing natural processes in the coastal zone.
  • Technical capacity – database, analytical materials, GIS and a framework management plan for the Ovidiopol Coastal Zone produced by the project would be used to improve decision-making in coastal zone management and in the wise use of coastal resources as well as in the long-term planning of the development of local communities.

The project has been focused on bringing together stakeholders of the Ovidiopol Coastal Zone and building cross-sectoral cooperation and public-private partnership. Therefore, the involvement of local business community and NGOs in the project implementation also has been a long-term goal of the project

Strengthening a participatory approach to coastal zone management has improved decision-making in the field of coastal resource use and should militate against, or even avoid, traditional conflicts between stakeholders of the coastal zone. It should be pointed out that during last years such conflicts have became more frequent because of the lack of transparency of decision-making, including about the transfer of ownership of land and the infrastructure of tourism and recreation in the coastal zone.

The project was also focused on raising public awareness of the value of coastal zone, of the need for sustainable development and of the fragility of coastal resources. The outcome of public awareness is seen as public pressure for the public provision of proper services: sewage treatment works, proper waste collection and disposal to high environmental standards. This will help to improve the sanitary state of the coastal zone due to preventing the pollution of the coast with domestic waste and a step-by-step elimination of dumps in the coastal zone. This also will help to stop unregulated construction in the coastal zone, especially in landslide areas.

The project will both foster the development of long-term perspectives in environmental decision making and improve the state of the environment in the Ovidiopol Coastal Zone over the longer term.

The project will produce a model of how ICZM could be introduced at a local community level in the coastal zone of Ukraine and could provide a pilot case study for ICZM in the Azov-Black Sea Coastal Zone of Ukraine.

The project has encouraged the regional government to introduce ICZM as a tool to strengthen local community involvement in the sustainable development of coastal areas in Odessa Oblast.

To know more please contact the Centre for Regional Studies

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This project was funded by the UK Environment for Europe Fund and supported by the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and British Council through the Small Environmental Project Scheme (SEPS II).

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On 14-15 June 2007 the international conference “Integral Coastal Zone Management: experience, prospects and its importance for the sustainable development of local communities” took place in Ovidiopol, Odessa Oblast.





On 4-11 March 2007 the delegates from the Odessa Region Mykola Tindyuk, Deputy Chairman of Odessa Regional Council, Volodymyr Levchuk, Chairman of the Ovidiopol District Council, Anatoliy Sklifasovsky, Director of the Centre for the Ovidiopol Coastal Zone Development, Igor Studennykov, Executive Director of Centre for Regional Studies and Oleg Dyakov, Centre for Regional Studies, Manager of Centre’s Projects, visited Wales and England to:

  • understand better principles of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM);
  • visit rural coastal sites for recreation, tourism and ecotourism;
  • see different levels of coastal development from residential to large-scale urban and industrial sites;
  • meet coastal practitioners from a range of backgrounds;
  • share knowledge of issues in the Ovidiopol area with ICZM specialists in the UK.

We gratefully acknowledge the assistance from the University of Cardiff, North Somerset Council and Portishead Town Council



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On December 20, 2006 the "Introducing ICZM for strengthening local community involvment in sustainable development in Ovidiopol district" seminar took place in Ovidiopol.



Agenda of the seminar (in russian)



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On October 3, 2006 start-up meeting took place in Ovidiopol.



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