Document Type


Date of Award

Fall 1-31-2005

Degree Name

Master of Science in Environmental Policy Studies - (M.S.)


Chemistry and Environmental Science

First Advisor

Nancy L. Jackson

Second Advisor

Maurie J. Cohen

Third Advisor

Zeyuan Qiu


The purpose of this investigation is to examine the efforts of the Universidade de Aveiro to create a public participation process and provide information for the management of the Ria de Aveiro, a lagoon system, in Portugal. This thesis examines whether universities are effective as coordinators and facilitators of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM). The Universidade de Aveiro, through the European Union-ICZM Demonstration Programme, spearheaded two projects, MARIA and ESGIRA-Maria, in efforts towards moving forward with ICZM in the area. A framework was created and then applied through a series of pilot-projects. Examination of the results of these pilot projects reveals that Universidade de Aveiro fostered partnerships and a sense of ownership between stakeholders through many different levels of participation. The university was seen by the various actors as a neutral, trusted agent and thus in a good position to bring together actors with conflicting interests. These projects will hopefully serve as guidance for those trying to achieve Integrated Coastal Zone Management in similar areas.



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