Coastal Zone Management in the Mediterranean: Legal and Economic Perspectives

Anil Markandya, Steven Arnold, M Cassinelli, Timothy Taylor

Research output: Working paper / PreprintWorking paper


This paper examines existing measures taken to protect the coastal zones of the Mediterranean Sea and assesses their success. A summary of the main pressures facing these zones is given, followed by an analysis of the legislation covering coastal zone development in ten countries: Algeria, Croatia, Egypt, France, Israel, Italy, Malta, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey. We find that not all of these states have legislation specifically covering coastal zones, but there is concern in all areas that the legislation is not working, We also look at the costs and benefits of controlling coastal development. Firstly, a literature review of valuation studies identifies a range of values placed on developed and undeveloped coastline for both users and local property owners. These values were then used in a model to evaluate policy options to control development of a stretch of coastline. The model indicates that a stricter control regime of coastal development may provide significant benefits.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherFondazione Eni Enrico Mattei Nota di Lavoro
Number of pages33
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009

Publication series

NameEconomy and Society

Bibliographical note

ID number: .071
Working Paper 332
Published as “Protecting coastal zones in the Mediterranean: an economic and regulatory analysis” in Journal of Coastal Conservation, Vol. 12, No. 3.


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