Coastal Zone Management
A new two year master program in Coastal Zone Management (120 ECTS) will start in August/September 2008.
In autumn 2008, Gotland University and Kalmar University in cooperation will start a two-year master program, 120 ECTS, in Coastal Zone Management. The master program will have a clear focus on coastal management practices, problems and possibilities in the Baltic region but will also consider the situation in tropical regions. The first two semesters, i.e. the first year, will consist of campus courses which will be offered at Gotland University in Visby. The third semester will consist of campus courses at Kalmar University and net based courses. The net based courses can be done anywhere in the world. During the last and fourth semester the student will complete a master thesis. The language of instruction is English.
Courses within the programme
Ecology and management of coastal zones 15 ECTS
Fisheries ecology and management, 7.5 ECTS
Environmental effects of shipping, 7.5 ECTS
Ecological economics, 15 ECTS
Project, 15 ECTS
Marine ecotoxicology, 15 ECTS
Energy production in coastal zones, 7.5 ECTS
Leadership, intercultural communication and group dynamics, 7.5 ECTS
Master thesis 30 ECTS
Latest date of application:
April 15, 2008 for students who do not need student visa for studies in Sweden:
For students who do need student visa the date of application is Feb 1, 2008. Late applications may be considered.
More detailed information, application form and instructions can be found under the heading Application.
The coastline of EU member states is 89,000 kilometers long and about half of the EU population lives within 50 km of the sea. The coastal zones include the world's most valuable and species rich habitats. Coastal resources also produce much of the world's economic wealth. The fishing, shipping and tourism industries all compete for vital space along the coastline. However, the increasing demand for coastal resources has led to their degradation. We experience reduced water quality, pollution, erosion, and loss of fishery resources. Many of the problems observed in coastal regions often involve more than one country. Land based sources of pollution in countries far from the sea, for example leakage of nutrients from agricultural land, may have profound effects on coastal and sea areas in other countries. An accident with an oil tanker within the Baltic Sea may seriously affect all countries around the sea.
In recent years, many organisations, governments and policy-makers have pointed out the urgent need to develop global, regional, national and local strategies to enhance the protection and sustainable use of the coastal zone. A long-term sustainable development of coastal regions cannot be achieved without the preservation of the resources on which the development relies.
Coastal zone management strategies, as for example the EU Integrated Coastal Zone Management strategy, are designed to increase contacts between many sectors, governments, non-governmental organisations and other stakeholders. To successfully implement such strategies deep knowledge of the often complex problems in coastal zones are required by the involved stakeholders, organisations and governmental agencies.
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