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ADB
Asian Development Bank. ADB is a multilateral development finance institution dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific.

Coastal & Marine Union EUCC
EUCC's mission is to promote coastal management that integrates biodiversity conservation with those forms of development that sustain the integrity of landscapes, the cultural heritage nd the social fabric of our coasts taking into account the effects of climate change. EUCC advocates best practice by developing coastal and marine policies, mobilising experts and stakeholders, providing advice and information, and implementing demonstration projects.

CZM
Coastal Zone Management: Look at Integrated Coastal Zone Management

earth summit
United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) convened in Rio de Janeiro on June 3-14, 1992. There were five major results (1) Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, (2) the Framework Convention on Climate Change, (3) the Convention on Biological Diversity, (4) Agenda 21 and (5) Statement of Forest Principles

EU
European Union. Their glossary might be useful also.

ICAM
Integrated Coastal Area Management. Similar to ICZM. Look at: Integrated Coastal Zone Management

ICZM
Look at: Integrated Coastal Zone Management

Integrated Coastal Zone Management
A continuous process of administration the general aim of which is to put into practice sustainable development and conservation in coastal zones and to maintain their biodiversity. To this end, ICZM seeks, through more efficient management, to establish and maintain the best use and sustainable levels of development and activity (use) in the coastal zone, and, over time, to  improve the physical status of the coastal environment in accordance with certain commonly held and agreed norms. (European Commission)

NGO
A non-governmental organisation, meaning an organisation which is not a public authority.

MAP
The Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) strives to protect the environment and to foster development in the Mediterranean Basin. It was adopted in Barcelona, Spain in 1975 by 16 Mediterranean States and the EC, under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Its legal framework comprises the Barcelona Convention adopted in 1976 and revised in 1995, and six Protocols covering specific aspects of environmental protection.

METAP
Mediterranean Environment Technical Assistance Programme. Supported by the European Commission, the European Investment Bank (EIB), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the World Bank, the Mediterranean Environmental Technical Assistance Program METAP) was established in 1990 to bring together the Mediterranean countries to cope with and reduce the effects of environmental degradation.

OURCOAST
EU portal for ICZM. All around Europe, there are many efforts being made to implement ICZM and many lessons could be taken from others' experiences if they were more easily accessible. The OURCOAST seeks to bring to light these experiences, the knowledge and the tools that have been developed, why and how they have been put into practice. This valuable information is available through the ICZM Database accessible from this website, in the form of summaries describing cases where the principles and tools of ICZM have been applied.

PAP/RAC
Priority Actions Programme/Regional Activity Centre stablished in 1978, is a key component of the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP), itself part of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Twenty Mediterranean countries as well as the European Union make up the MAP, and their common objective is the creation of a healthier Mediterranean environment, resting on the principle of ustainable development. One of six Regional Activity Centres within the MAP, the Centre has built up a global reputation due to its expertise in Integrated Coastal Area Management (ICAM). PAP/RAC is the people who work in the centre, as well as the large network of Mediterranean experts and institutions. Many know us better by the abbreviation than by the full name. We consider it an asset, since by such recognisability, not only in the Mediterranean, our work hitherto was acknowledged.

resource pricing
The pricing of natural resources at levels which reflect their combined economic and environmental values.

Rio Declaration
Short for: "Rio Declaration on environment and development". A set of 27 principles approved by all nations attending the UN Conference on Environment and Development, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, 3-14 June 1992.

SMAP
Short and Medium-term Priority Environmental Action Programme (SMAP) is a framework programme of action for the protection of the mediterranean environment, within the context of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. It was adopted unanimously by the Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial Conference on the Environment, held in Helsinki on the 28 November 1997. The SMAP is intended to become the common basis for environmental purposes (as regards both policy orientation and funding) in the Mediterranean region.

stakeholder
Users who have particular intereest in a coastal area, such as oil and gas developers, fishermen, hotel owners, port developers, aquaculture farmers, environmental groups and local government authorities.

sustainable development
Meeting the needs of the the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. (World Commission on Environment and Development)

system analysis
A systematic investigation of a real or planned system to determine the functions of the system and how they relate to each other and to any other system.

System Analysis Framework 
The SAF is a product of the SPICOSA research project, funded by the European Commission from 2007 - 2011. SPICOSA stands for 'Science and Policy Integration for COastal System Assessment'. Its research was aimed at developing and testing a toolbox of methods for providing multidisciplinary and trans-disciplinary advice to environmental managers and policy-makers concerning environmental problems in the coastal zone, in order to improve the zone's ecological sustainability, economic efficiency, and social equity. Sustainability relates to the capability of an ecosystem to go on supplying humans with 'goods and services'. Efficiency is about making the best use of those resources for the satisfaction of human needs. Equity is about the fair distribution of such satisfaction.

UNEP
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), established in 1972, works to encourage sustainable development through sound environmental practices everywhere. Its activities cover a wide range of issues, from atmosphere and errestrial ecosystems, the promotion of environmental science and information, to an early warning and emergency response capacity to deal with environmental disasters and emergencies.