Since the 70's Coastal Zone Management (CZM) has been employed in order to effectively manage our coastlines, but with ever increasing demands upon the coastal environment, the traditional models were deemed to not be comprehensive enough. So a new age of CZM was born one that tries to integrate solutions with while tackling inter-related issues one that provides a framework for any given area. As defined by the uk Government ICZM is:
'A process that brings together all those involved in the development, management and use of the coast within framework that facilitates the integration of their interests and responsibilities. The objestive is to establish sustainable levels of economic and social activity in our coastal areas while protecting our coastal environment. ICZM is central to the ecosystem-based aproach.'
This is a method that has already been implemented by the Welsh Assembly Government (see hyperlink for more info). http://new.wales.gov.uk/topics/environmentcountryside/env_cons_management/countrysidecoastalaccess/iczm/?lang=en