Integrated coastal management plan in free trade zones, a case study

Pak, A ; Sharif University of Technology | 2011

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  1. Type of Document: Article
  2. DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2010.10.033
  3. Publisher: 2011
  4. Abstract:
  5. Free Trade Zones (FTZs) around the world offer special advantages to investors and facilitate import/export of goods in order to boost the regional economy. Integrated coastal management in these areas faces special challenges in addition to what ordinary ICZMs usually encounter. For a successful ICZM plan, the very strong business orientation in FTZs has to be taken into account, while other important aspects such as environmental, social, and cultural issues should not be overlooked. The problem becomes more difficult where the free zone is situated in sensitive and valuable environmental circumstances.Kish Island, a free trade zone in the Persian Gulf region, has recently been the focus of a major ICZM study. In order to address the different needs of various stakeholders in the island, four strategic management plans are prepared. The investigations carried out in the course of this study indicated that the required management plans for this free trade zone should be provided with a spatial-plan-oriented approach, otherwise the integration can hardly be achieved and implemented.This article describes Kish FTZ characteristics and problems that required ICZM initiatives, the methodology for ICZM study, the preparation and implementation of strategic management plans considering the free zone obligations, and the need for a spatial umbrella plan to facilitate the integration among different plans in the implementation process
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  7. Cultural issue ; Free trade zones ; Integrated coastal management ; Management plans ; Persian Gulf region ; Strategic management ; Coastal engineering ; Coastal zones ; Economics ; Management science ; Regional planning ; Strategic planning ; International trade ; Coastal zone management ; Free trade ; Implementation process ; Regional economy ; Stakeholder ; Arabian Sea ; Hormozgan ; Indian Ocean ; Iran ; Kish Island ; Persian Gulf
  8. Source: Ocean and Coastal Management ; Volume 54, Issue 2 , February , 2011 , Pages 129-136 ; 09645691 (ISSN)
  9. URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0964569110001894