From 1996 to 1999, the Commission run the Demonstration Programme on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM). This programme was aimed to:
The programme was intended to lead to a consensus regarding the measures necessary in order to stimulate ICZM in Europe. In 2000, based on the experiences and outputs the Commission adopted two documents:
The Communication explains how the Commission will be working to promote ICZM through the use of Community instruments and programmes. The proposed Recommendation outlines steps which the Member States should take to develop national strategies for ICZM.