of Scarce Resources
in the Coastal Zone
Project Related Publications
Water Resources Management in the Coastal Zone:
issues of sustainability
submitted to the EWRA Symposium on "Water Resources Management: Risks and Challenges
for the 21th Century" (Izmir, September 2004)
Water is one if not the controlling factor of
regional development around the Mediaterranean,
and its political importance can hardly be exagerated.
While water budgets, supply and demand balances
are in principle stright forward mass budget approaches
and amenable to quantitative analysis. The socio-economic
framework that ultimately drives the water resources management
introduces another layer of complexity.
The paper describes an ongoing EU sponsored project under
the INCO-MED framework, SMART, addressing problems
of sustainable water resources management in the coastal zone.
STarting with a discussion of sustainability in this
specific context, the methodology developed
is presented and illustrated with material from five parallel case studies.
A system of simulation models within a framework of indicators
and indices is being used to design, evaluate, and compare
alternative scenarios of coastal zone development.
Multi-criteria multi-objective DSS methods are used to
build an assessment framework that can support the
local and regional decision and policy making process
in a participatory approach.