Comparison between carrying capacity assessment methods for ICZM plans

Master Thesis subject (30 ECTS)
Considering the Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) as a complex discipline which combines and integrates all the interrelations between the coastal dimensions and the different stakeholders, any tool or methodology applied in the framework of an ICZM process must follow the same principles and should be based on the same holistic and integrated approach. Carrying capacity assessment is a useful tool for ICZM sustainable development planning as it enables the manager to understand the limits of the region regarding to the different plans foreseen for it. It could be therefore considered as a measure of sustainability. According to Chamberlain (1997), a carrying capacity assessment is a practical tool to maintain the balance between development and conservation; a threshold beyond which one should not go without further planning; a benchmark against which one can measure change and the causes of that change; and an early warning system for trouble.
science background, skills on Geographic Information Systems
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Jose Antonio Juanes
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Raúl Medina, Pino González-Riancho, Oscar García-Aguilar, María Merino
Reference Number: RP-36482