“Lust op dat Meer“: Conclusion and Challenges Ahead

Venue
Kiel
Date
RADOST-Referent
Grit Martinez

The goal of this project, which was supported by the Federal Environment Agency as well as the Federal Ministry for the Environment, was to produce practice-relevant examples of implementation of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) on the Schleswig-Holstein North and Baltic Sea coasts. In summer 2010, six model projects from Schleswig- Holstein were. the competition entries. They were selected because they approach upcoming, conflictladen challenges in coastal development with innovative ideas and at the same time create new opportunities to foster community involvement in coastal development.
After roughly one year, good progress had become visible: new ways were found to realize participation through early consultation processes; economic, ecological, and socio-cultural needs were reconciled with one another; and different topical areas were integrated with each other in order to take advantage of the synergies among them. The six “Lust op dat Meer” projects therefore constitute “good practice examples” that contribute to informing the future implementation of the national ICZM strategy in Germany.
In the second portion of the event, “coastal development and climate change” was the central topic. The coastal communities involved in the Klimabündnis Kieler Bucht (Bay of Kiel Climate Alliance; the tourism focused RADOST network in Schleswig- Holstein) articulated their perspectives on how adequate flood and coastal protection systems can be designed to deal with climate change. This also raised the issue of legal and administrative hurdles that could potentially hinder practical problem-solving on the ground. In the discussion between the municipal decision makers and representatives of coastal protection agencies, it was evident that financing responsibility for pilot climate adaptation projects needed be cleared up. The “General Plan for Coastal Protection” produced by the State of Schleswig-Holstein (update planned for mid-2012) focuses mainly on the improvement of the system of major dikes, for which the State takes responsibility. The local communities believe that further tasks, such as the testing of new, innovative approaches to beach management or the reduction of risk for the potentially endangered coastal cities of Flensburg, Eckernförde, Kiel, and Lübeck, require more attention in the future.
The dialogue between the coastal communities and the state-level agencies about sustainable adaptation strategies must therefore continue and intensify. The communities believe that the Klimabündnis Kieler Bucht should expand its involvement, which would however require a certain amount of financial resources.
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