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    Mare Nostrum ICZM talks included as special topic in Volos PLPR conference

    A special focus on legal-institutional aspects in improving coastline management will feature in the 9th annual conference of the International Academic Association on Planning, Law and Property Rights (PLPR), to be hosted by the University of Thessaly in Volos, Greece, February 25-27, 2015.

    The presentation of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM)-related papers is the product of cooperation between the conference organizers and the Mare Nostrum Project, with the sponsorship of the EU’s European Neighborhood Partnership Instrument CBCMED program.

    PLPR Volos 2015

    Among the parallel sessions opening the conference in the late afternoon of February 25, one, on planning methods, will include a presentation by Amit Ofek and Rachelle Alterman of the Mare Nostrum Project on Criteria for evaluating the enforcement systems of planning and building regulation: the case of coastal zones.

    The following morning, two of the parallel sessions will feature lectures related to coastal zone management. Dafna Carmon, Rachelle Alterman and Cygal Pellach will present their paper titled The High Hopes of ICZM in the Face of Legal-Institutional Implementation Gaps: Comparative Analysis of Mediterranean Countries, in the special session focusing on maritime spatial planning and exclusive economic zones.

    University of Thessaly in Volos

    In a simultaneous session on environmental planning and sustainable development, Safira De La Sala will discuss Disaster reduction and climate change for coastal cities: adapting planning laws for environmental challenges.

    After lunch on February 26, Na’ama Teschner and Rachelle Alterman will present their paper on Implementation gaps in the city-port interface, during a parallel session on urban planning and development and urban regeneration.

    In addition to several keynote speakers, other sessions in the conference will present aspects relating to such diverse topics as:  human rights and social justice; the time factor and planning instruments; contested lands; housing and building regulation; intergovernmental/institutional issues; cultural heritage protection; tourism and recreation; governance, public participation and planning law; property rights and the market; public infrastructure and finance; and land use planning and development.

    At last year’s PLPR conference, held in Haifa, Israel, ICZM also featured prominently

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