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  INTERREG IIIB NP CADSES PlanCoast Project (2006-2008) sought to develop tools and capacities for an effective integrated planning in coastal zones and maritime areas in the Baltic, Adriatic and Black Sea regions.
The project was carried out by 16 partners from 11 countries and 3 seas: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Italy, Montenegro, and Slovenia in Adriatic Sea, Germany and Poland in Baltic Sea, and Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine in Black Sea. Lead partner for the project is Ministry for Labour, Building and Regional Development, Spatial Planning Department, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
ECAT Tirana was the Albanian project partner and Vjosa Narta coast was chosen as a pilot area for the project.
For the purposes of the project
- A review of the literature, data, and documents was carried out
- A review of the previous management plan of the pilot area was taken into consideration.
- A methodology was developed that set out the principles and methods for the implementation of the pilot project. The methodology was based on the following principles: (i) a sound management of scientific data, (ii) the ecosystem approach, (iii) the participatory approach
- A questionnaire was prepared to list the main problems for Narta Lagoon management and respective solutions and stakeholders that should be involved in planning process
The following reports were prepared to understand processes that impact on the pilot area
1) Some Considerations of the Factors Affecting the Evolution of Vjosa-Narta Coastline.- Shehu, A; Dindi E.
2) Dynamics of the Coastal Zone and Natural and Human Impacts - Lame, S
3) Identification of Mutual Movement Land - Sea and Degradation Phenomena. Planning of Measurement related to Development and Protection of Land Space of the area - Lushaj, Sh
4) Ground Water - Eftimi, R.
5) Lagoon and Marine Benthos - Beqiraj. S.
The findings of the reports formed the basis for the preparation of the major documents:
1) Spatial Planning Vision for the Narta Region - Leka, Sh
2) Vjosa Narta ICZM Local Plan - Pier Roberto Remitti
Digital maps for the pilot area showing the shoreline evolution, dunes along the coast, habitats, geology, hydrogeology, land degradation, land use, land suitability and uses in the area, including fisheries, salt production, agriculture, culture and heritage, and tourism were created by the GIS Unit of ECAT Tirana.
During the project life, ECAT Tirana has organized a number of workshops, seminars, trainings, meetings and round tables with the participation of experts, senior national and local government officials and scientists.
In particular, ECAT Tirana organised the workshop on "Spatial Planning for Coastal Zone and Maritime Areas" on June 27, 2007. The purpose of the workshop was to present the PlanCoast project to stakeholders, including central and local planning authorities, and representatives from universities and research institutions.
The meeting recognized the need to co-operate across traditional sectoral and geographic boundaries. The deputy minister of the Environment, Forests, and Water Administration laid particular emphasis on sectoral integration and co-ordination of spatial impacts of sector policies. He endorsed the PlanCoast noting that the project is in line with the government policies for the coastal zone and its commitment to sustainable development. The international expert, Mr. Piero Remitti defined the ICZM process and presented methods, tools and techniques used.
On September 2007, ECAT Tirana organised the National Seminar on "Spatial Planning Integrated Coastal Zone Management in Albania" that introduced principles and practices of spatial planning and ensured a broad participation of heads of government departments related to coastal management and spatial planning, local representatives, and scientists. This very successful participatory seminar maximized the understanding of the links between spatial planning and ICZM.
The role of spatial planning in maritime policy and Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) the case of the Baltic Sea was presented by Mr. Bernhard Heinrichs, Director of Spatial Planning Department, Ministry of Transport, Building and Regional Development Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Germany - PlanCoast Lead Partner.
At the project level PlanCoast produced the major documents
1. The handbook on Integrated Maritime Spatial Planning is the first compilation of possible tools and instruments that can be applied in developing effective Integrated Maritime Spatial Planning.
2. The Synthesis report: State of the Art of Coastal and Maritime Planning in the Adriatic Region compares and assesses the current legal framework and practice of spatial planning and other management approaches in the Adriatic region.

For more information see under: Plan Coast Website
Meetings with partners