Proposing Potential ICZM Vision

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The scoping process should help identify the key points and agree on the initial priorities around which the vision could be formulated, and where there are potential conflicting sectoral visions depending on the point of view of the sector in question.

For example, spatial plans may propose large urban and tourism development in areas that are highly vulnerable to climate change (due to e.g. sea level rise and coastal inundation). Similarly, proposed measures for protection from flooding or coastal erosion could cause significant biodiversity losses and undermine the natural equilibrium. Economic growth is often the most dynamic and highest in coastal areas, leading to further environmental stress. The need for sustainable development is also a highly accepted determinant of the vision for the future; however, there are often substantial differences in understanding of what is actually sustainable.

The scoping report should at least pose the question "What do we want to see in the area in a 15 – 20 years time?" and propose at least a tentative vision shared amongst the key stakeholders to present to a wider audience in order to trigger the next stage - Analysis and Futures.