The linkage of Social Network Analysis and Integrated Coastal Zone Management: How the knowledge on the stakeholder network of Maspalomas (Gran Canaria, Canary Islands) can enhance the local coastal governance.

ICZM is recognized as an effective management tool in coastal areas where there is a conflict between the natural resources and their users. The aim of ICZM is to achieve sustainable development in those areas, by integrating the three dimensions; Social-Cultural, Economic and Environmental. To achieve this, all sectors and geographic levels that the relevant stakeholders represent concerning coastal management should be involved. Their involvement is believed to increase the support of ICZM implementation. Those stakeholders together form a network, within this network each actor plays a different role and has different objectives. The relations and structures within a network are clarified by means of a ‘Social Network Analysis’. Governance of the ICZM process could be effectively supported by the presence of certain network structures and relations. To test this hypothesis, the stakeholder network of Maspalomas (Gran Canaria, Canary Islands) was analysed. A coastal area where the implementation of ICZM was initiated in 2009. Data on the relevant stakeholders and their relations was collected by means of surveys. It was found that not all governance enhancing structures were present within this network. Which is mainly due to the pursued policy by the Spanish national government towards ICZM in Spain.

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0312 - Policy and governance", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management", "1015 - Coastal and marine tourism