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Haifa, Israel, January 29, 2014 – The eighth annual conference of the International Academic Association for Planning, Law and Property Rights (PLPR), which will take place in Israel for the first time at The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa February 11–14, 2014, will include three panel sessions on coastline regulation and management as part of the EU-funded Mare Nostrum Project.

Fourteen leading researchers and professionals will present 12 lectures divided into three panel sessions. The researchers represent eight countries including Australia, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Israel, The Netherlands, Spain and the US.

The first panel will focus on coastal management in the Mediterranean region and will include country-specific discussions on Israel, Greece and Spain. Particular attention will be given to comparing the various national frameworks represented, with the two additional panels focusing on comparisons between Australian coastal planning and the situations in the US and Europe.

“The PLPR conference brings together top researchers in the field of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) from all over the world,” said The Technion’s Prof. Rachelle Alterman, the founding president of PLPR and initiator of the Mare Nostrum Project.

“This will be a unique opportunity – the first of its kind globally – to learn how the tough challenges of coastline management are addressed on four different continents.”

Mare Nostrum will present its first interim report, entitled “Existing Knowledge on Legal-Institutional Frameworks for Coastline Management. The International, EU and National Levels.”

Following the academic conference, Mare Nostrum will hold a conference of all its partners focusing on Cross Border Cooperation on ICZM, February 18–22, 2014 in Alexandroupolis, Greece. Attendees will include universities, municipalities and NGOs in Greece, Spain, Malta, Turkey, Israel and Jordan.