Coastal Zone Management

The coast is the interface between land and sea. Simply put, the coastal zone is the area where the land is still significantly influenced by the sea and the sea is still significantly influenced by the land (World Ocean Review 1, 2010).
Although the coastal zone comprises only 20% of the land area, 45% of humanity lives here. 75% of all megacities (with more than 10 million inhabitants) are located in this area. This space is intensively used by people, a large part of the global value creation takes place here; at the same time, the coastal zone is an important space for ecology and ecosystem services and -not least- a recreational space for people.
Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) is an approach to harmonize the protection and use of this valuable space in a democratic way through deliberation processes and strategy considerations (keywords: iterative process, stakeholder participation). In the past, CRM has carried out several projects at home and abroad, among others:

  • Development of a management concept for the Baltic Protected Areas (BSPAs) Oehe Schleimünde, Geltinger Birk and Orther Bucht
  • Aquaculture research within the project SPICE, Science for the Protection of Indonesian Coastal Ecosystems
  • Assessment of ecosystem impacts of planned tidal current power plants in Indonesia
  • Assessment of the suitability of the coast of Mauritania for algae culture
  • Framework concept for a sublittoral biotope network in the Kiel Fjord (City of Kiel 2017).
  • Investigations into the ecological potential of the inner Kiel Fjord (LANU, 2006-2007)
  • Investigation of the possibilities and goals of algae cultivation in southern Kiel (2004)
  • Development of a management plan for a Marine Biological Center in Karimunjava, Indonesia


Dr. Peter Krost Coastal Research & Management CRM Kiel Holtenau Tiessenkai

Dr. Peter Krost