It is announced that the call for registrations to ERACOM MSc program will open at 20 February 2016



Core course 6 ECTS
Instructors Aggelili Kallia-AntoniouEmmanuil (Manos) Koutrakis), Eugenia Petridou



This course has multiple goals. First, presenting the overview of public policy tools as well as how those tools can be applied to solve selected issues arising when managing coastal and marine areas. Students will analyze complex policy issues and explore the conflicts often arising due to competing interests of various stakeholders in coastal and marine areas, as well as the tension between short-term interests of specific groups and long-term interests of the community. Both policy instruments and different types of policy implementations will be discussed. An overview also of international and European instruments (conventions, declarations, directives etc.) that are relevant for coastal and marine areas will be given. The relations between international conventions, European legislation, domestic legal frameworks and policies at the international, European, national and local level will be clarified. Second, students will engage in interactive exercises to gain deeper practical understanding of policy processes and legislation. Third, it will be demonstrated how the Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) can support coastal zones and how this is approached in EU and in Mediterranean level. The Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) – project design and management is demonstrated. Fourth, examples from several countries will help the students to compare and contrast national coastal and ocean policies in different parts of the world. Fifth, the different financial instruments available at European level, covered by the EU legislation, as well as the procedures to obtain financial aid for coastal management will be presented and discussed. Sixth, as entrepreneurship is essential for sustainable development in coastal and marine economic zones, participants will be trained in the field of entrepreneurship and managing entrepreneurial activities. At the end of the course, a workshop will be run to introduce them in business plan software.


Learning outcomes
  1. Students will gain a systematic understanding of the role of policy and legislation in the sustainable management of coastal and marine areas.
  2. Students will be able to analyse complex policy issues related to coastal and marine areas, including mapping the interests of the various stakeholders.
  3. Students will be able to provide solid policy recommendations that take into account the interests of stakeholders as well as the long-term interests of the general public.
  4. Students will be able to use the procedures demanded by the European financial instruments to protect and manage coastal areas. 
  5. Students will acquire a systematic understanding of entrepreneurial issues concerning Coastal marine enterprises. 
  6. Students will be able to understand the logic behind the development of a business plan, promoting their own innovative ideas.
  7. Students will be trained to prepare a business plan in initial stage.  
A Multiple choices exam (60%).
A team essay, based on a business plan logic, analyzing an innovative idea in the area of coastal and marine zone will be submitted (40%).

Course outline-lectures 




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